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The only thing worse than fighting in a medieval battle is trying to fight it with leprosy

Italian archaeologists working in a medieval cemetery of Campochiaro in Central Italy excavated hundreds of graves that date to between the 6th and 8th centuries A.D.  In an article published a few years ago, the archaeologists describe the remains of a “leper warrior” who was 161cm (or 5’3”) tall and was more than 50 years old when he died.  When the researchers examined this soldier’s skeleton they found indications of sharp force trauma to his forehead, osteoarthritis in his spine, and leprous destruction to the bones of his face, hands, and feet.

Read more at StrangeRemains.

(via dead-men-talking)

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