Mrs. TwShiloh enjoys medical oddities so she was very pleased when I showed her this picture from i09 of a skull of a child where you could see the two rows of teeth quite clearly.  Pretty freaky stuff.

Not nearly as freaky, however, as this…from the Discover magazine blog comes this overview of a grave uncovered from the 16th or 17th century. It’s not a stake through the heart but obviously, somebody wanted to make sure this person wasn’t just really dead but was going to stay that way.

Researchers are hypothesizing that while burying a plague victim, gravediggers noticed that this unfortunate didn’t seem decomposed enough and so they wanted to make sure (s)he stayed in the ground and didn’t spread the plague.  Ergo…the brick in the mouth.



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