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Ancient 'end of the world' epidemic revealed

By T.K. Randall
June 19, 2014 · Comment icon 19 comments



The plague proved devastating for more than two decades. Image Credit: CC 3.0 Grosty
Archaeologists have found evidence of an ancient and devastating epidemic of apocalyptic proportions.
A team of experts investigating the Funerary Complex of Harwa and Akhimenru in what was once the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes came upon the remains of a number of people who had been covered in lime, a substance that was commonly used as a disinfectant during ancient times.

The find also lead them to the discovery of three kilns where the lime would have been made and the remnants of a huge bonfire which also contained signs of human remains.
These discoveries are believed to date back to what is known as the "Plague of Cyprian", a third century epidemic which brought about widespread death across the Roman Empire with more than 5,000 succumbing to the disease every day in Rome alone at its height.

Saint Cyprian, a bishop of Carthage during the plague, described it as an event so devastating that he believed the world was about to come to an end.

It would go on to take more than two decades for the epidemic to finally cease.

Source: Fox News | Comments (19)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #10 Posted by Sundew 9 years ago
Regular limes must be slowlime. Harte Not on an incline.
Comment icon #11 Posted by actower 9 years ago
Do we know the cause of the plague, was it bubonic or was it something else like influinza?
Comment icon #12 Posted by plaguedmedusa 9 years ago
Wow that is crazy, I would like to know more about this.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Eldorado 9 years ago
Do we know the cause of the plague, was it bubonic or was it something else like influinza? Locusts, I heard.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Harte 9 years ago
Angel of Death.
Comment icon #15 Posted by seaturtlehorsesnake 9 years ago
Do we know the cause of the plague, was it bubonic or was it something else like influinza? quick research seems to indicate most historians think it was smallpox. good old smallpox.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Sundew 9 years ago
Do we know the cause of the plague, was it bubonic or was it something else like influinza? Yes, it was hundreds of thousands of infected children pouring across Egypt's southern border.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Harte 9 years ago
That certainly wasn't Pharoah's fault, you know. Harte
Comment icon #18 Posted by coolguy 9 years ago
Very cool find.
Comment icon #19 Posted by bigjonalien 9 years ago
wat a load of ****, lime was used to decompose bodies after all their ritual sacrifices, and burning got ride of them too, wat a perfectly good waste of food, experts?? lol


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