According to recent press releases we face an increasing number of mass burials all over Europe (recently we had press releases on Ellwangen, Barcelona and London). Currentky there are rescue excavations at Toulouse in France. Around 150 corpses have been found, by now contributed to an outbreak of the plague in 1378.
Several of the skulls have been stolen from the excavation. Looting of archaeological sites is an increasing problem not only in the Near East. In Toulouse the looting of skulls may seriously affect the scientific value of the anthropological data for the analysis of demography, nutrition and the effects of the Black Death.
- Qui dérobe les crânes du cimetière des pestiférés rue des 36-Ponts ? LaDepeche (24.9.2014) – http://www.ladepeche.fr/article/2014/09/24/1958179-derobe-cranes-cimetiere-pestiferes-rue-36-ponts.html