Skeletons found in London archaeology dig reveal noxious environs

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The discoveries were made at a 19th century burial site at New Covent Garden market

News reports and social media anxiety may make us feel that life is tough in Britain today – but the extraordinary findings of a new archaeological excavation have provided a salutary reminder that, a couple of centuries ago, it was so much worse.

Archaeologists who worked on an early 19th century burial site at the New Covent Garden market in London where around 100 bodies were found have said that they contain evidence of arduous working conditions, a noxious environment, endemic diseases, physical deformities, malnutrition and deadly violence.

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