Scientists have found traces of mass deaths in the period of Justinian’s plague

not found evidence of mass deaths in the time of Justinian’s plague, which in the early
the middle ages had raged in the Mediterranean,
some regions of Europe and the Middle
East. As reported
in Proceedings
of the National Academy of Sciences,
the authors
the articles analyzed are already known
archaeological and genetic data
the number of coins and pollen, which
you can track the decline of the rural
management in the regions covered by
pandemic. The scientists also compared the texts
and inscriptions of the time (their number
and evidence of the economic crisis),
but found no signs of economic decline caused by the plague. The results obtained show that,
probably in some areas (for example,
in Constantinople), the plague do
killed a lot of people. But this situation
in other regions was the exception rather
and not the rule.

plague (541-750 years) — first recorded
pandemics caused by the plague Bacillus
in Egypt and spread to East
The Mediterranean, Europe and the middle
East. According to accepted estimates today for the first time
disease outbreaks 541-544 years from
he died about 25 million people
13 percent of the world population
time). And
only during the pandemic was,
according to various estimates, from 14 to 18 outbreaks in
which killed about 50 million
people (about a quarter of the population
of the planet). We are aware of Justinian’s plague
from the evidence of the Byzantine historian
Procopius of Caesarea (500-after
565), which in the year 542 was in Constantinople,
and several of the descriptions made
contemporaries or who lived later
historians. In recent years
and genetic evidence
the presence of Yersinia pestis in Europe
of the time.

However, a group of researchers headed by Lee Mordecai

The Hebrew University in Jerusalem believes that the description of the epidemic by contemporaries and ancient strains
Yersinia pestis are not yet
reliable evidence of numerous
deaths that have devastated the Mediterranean region,
part of Europe and the middle East. Scientists
decided to find direct evidence
the impact of a pandemic on the demographics and the economy. To do this, they analyzed
texts and inscriptions, written during
pandemic, which could show you were or not
economic decline in the grip of plague
regions; evaluated, a decrease in them
manufacturing coins and diminished if
the level of land use. Also scientists
once again analyzed the genetic and archaeological
evidence that would have helped
to assess the scale of the epidemic.

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