While digging the foundation for a new church extension, workers discovered something truly sinister. Archeologists who arrived at the excavation site identified a real wall made of human bones.
These were mainly the bones of the thighs and lower legs of adults, mixed with fragments of shattered skulls.
The remains date from around the 15th century. However, the scientists admit that they have no idea why it was necessary to erect a semblance of a wall of human bones.
The lead researcher, Janek de Gris, said that usually in the funeral pits, the bones lie abundantly, but more or less freely. In the case of the Cathedral of St. Bravo, the remains were specially laid so as to create a single, dense structure.
In those days, people believed in the literal resurrection of the body, and therefore the relics were considered sacred and the practice of burials flourished more than ever.
It is no accident that the remains of approximately six million people were buried in the catacombs of Paris.