Mass grave of 20 stacked skeletons unearthed by workers excavating moat

A mysterious mass grave containing 20 medieval skeletons has been unearthed by city workers exploring an old moat.

The remains are thought to belong to men, aged between 15 and 30, all who lived between the Late Middle Ages and the 18th century.

The crew, who were excavating in Vianen, Netherlands, also found rusty nails nearby suggesting the bodies were once in a coffin.

Archeologists now think there could be more remains hiding in the area, which was just outside the grounds of Batestein Castle, MailOnline reports.

At first, workers thought there were only nine rotted bodies when they unearthed them on Friday.

But when they further explored the gruesome grave they found 11 more, according to reports, all of which were stacked on top of each other.

The team expected to find artefacts like buttons or jewellery, but only spotted old nails among the remains – pointing to the idea that this may have been a mass murder.

It also raised suspicion that the bones were found outside the 14th century castle, which was once plagued by hardship.

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In 1567, the surrounding was overrun by the Spanish Army – and a century later, the castle was partially destroyed by fireworks and never rebuilt.

The only surviving parts of the castle is a decorative gate, and some connecting walls.

The mass grave has raised a lot of questions, with one archeologist saying to Alkhaleej Today: “Why are these people lying here? What caused them to die? Could it be related to historical events?”

The bones are now being collected and will be taken to a specialist for a deeper analysis.

“There is no doubt that there is more. The size is not yet known. That is why an even larger area is being investigated,” said another expert.

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