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Old August 16th, 2017, 02:59 PM   #1

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Cannibalism in Lisbon in the Year of the Grace of 1755

In a news article entitled THE SITEMAP OF 1755 COUNTED BY THE BONES OF THE VICTIMS, we can see the discoveries and / or findings of the investigators. Let us look at some of these stories that could have been written by Lovecraft, as Pedro Sousa Tavares wrote in the DN: "For some minutes of terror, the murderer repeatedly beat his skull without killing her to speak. He sought gold and silver, or hidden food, equally valuable in the days of anarchy that followed that morning of November 1, 1755, All Saints' Day.
Perhaps they have heard his cries, before the blow to the forehead that ended his life at the age of thirty. But after the earthquake, the six-meter waves that swept through the riverside, and the flames that consumed much of Lisbon, those who had not died or fled were thinking only of their own survival.
The story of his violent death would have been erased without trace. Like many other skulls with obvious signs of aggression, including, in one case, a spherical bullet mark. Or the surprising revelation of a femur with careful cuts of a large knife, "irrefutable" proof that hunger has led some to the extreme recourse of cannibalism. "
Place of crime: the Academy of Sciences. Oh, yes, now (since 1836) that's it, but at the time it was the Franciscan Convent of Our Lady of Jesus.
Mixed with earth and animal remains, there are scattered bones of hundreds or even thousands of individuals. Bury the speakers. One of the investigators says: "We know that there was violence, while it was not possible to restore order, using summary judgments and more than 40 hangings."
Slaughter and cannibalism, along with skulls literally broken by temperatures that will have reached a thousand degrees. And more. There are those who see in the ossuary a window on the diseases, the needs, the daily life of an entire generation that lived 250 years ago.
Objects such as ceramics, garments, amulets, medals and coins - some of silver, with chlorinated alterations, suggesting that bodies may have been in contact with salt water - have also revealed important clues about society at the time.
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