The History of Leith

October 16, 2008

Skeleton found at Heslington East site may be first TB victim

Work on the Heslington East campus extension has unearthed the skeleton of a man believed to be one of the first victims of tuberculosis in Britain.

Found in September during archaeological investigations on the site, the skeleton was found in a shallow grave close to an old Roman road between York and Barton-on-Humber. Close analysis by experts from York Osteoarchaeology confirmed the cause of death to be tuberculosis, a disease that affected the man’s spine and pelvis. for more click here

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