Rat flea confirmed in DNA testing of human skeletons as cause of the 1665 Great Plague of London

Archeologists have uncovered 3,500 skeletons of victims of the Great Plague of London 1665-1666. The skeletons where in a burial site that was discovered when building an underground railway line across London (Crossrail). The bodies had been neatly buried indicating … please continue reading

The Moment in History When People Became Superstitious about Black Cats

It could be argued that 1233 is the year when people in general became suspicious about black cats. You can blame a gentleman whose name is Konrad von Marburg. The 13th century was a time of huge superstition. Heretics were … please continue reading