Pilgrim’s burial: Medieval man with leprosy honored at death

Started by gash, February 05, 2017, 05:59:54 pm

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A young man who made a religious pilgrimage in England sometime during the late 11th or early 12th century ultimately died of leprosy and was buried in a hospital cemetery. Now, scientists studying his remains have found, at least in his death, he was not treated as an outcast but was given a traditional pilgrim burial.

"The wider implication of our research, ultimately, is that it can help challenge long-held and false notions of leprosy sufferers being traditionally outcast," lead researcher Simon Roffey, a lecturer in archaeology the University of Winchester in the United Kingdom, told Live Science. The excavated man received a pilgrim's burial - meaning he was interred with a scallop shell, a symbol of a pilgrim who has made the journey to the shrine of St. James in Spain.

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