The remains of a women from thousands of years ago found in Sweden had traces of bacteria associated with the plague.  From this, scientists are saying that the Black Plague could have originated in Europe.

Key Takeaways:

  • The remains of a Swedish woman who lived 4,900 years ago contained traces of the plague bacteria, Yersinia pestis.
  • This find could indicate that rather than originating in Asia, the plague started in Europe.
  • When people die from the plague, their blood contains the Yersinia pestis bacteria, which had  found way into the dental pulp.

“The plague swept through Europe in later times—most infamously as the Black Death during the Middle Ages.”

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