An eerie mass grave has been discovered in Japan after archaeologists uncovered some 1,500 bodies that had been squashed into circular holes.
The grave date back hundreds of years back to Japan’s Edo period, which lasted from the 1600s to the mid-1800s.
A statement issued by the City of Osaka said that researchers had been working on the Ofuka-Cho ruins since 1991.
It has said there are more than 1,500 burial bones – including those of both humans and animals.
The statement continued: “In addition to humans, animals are also buried in the cemetery, with more than four piglets in the northern part of the cemetery and two horses in the southern part.
“A cat bone contained in a skeleton has also been found.”
“We were able to clarify the concrete appearance of the ‘Umeda Tomb’ that was run from Edo to the Meiji era.”
Its statement continued: “The ‘Osaka Nana Grave’ was an important part of knowing the development of the city Osaka and the faith of the common people.
“Most of the surveyed areas have already been backfilled, but we are still investigating the southwestern part of the cemetery.”
The bones are now being sorted and analysed.
Officials first discovered the gravesite near a major train station in the busy Japanese city which was uncovered during early work being done on a skyscraper.
Experts believe the bodies are of those people who could not afford elaborate graves – due to the lack of expensive goods inside.
It comes after the discovery of thousands of bodies under Westminster Abbey earlier this year.
The remains were found in a long-lost medical sacristy used by 13th century monks, with bodies being found near the busy Victoria Street.
Archaeologist Chris Mayo, who led the team at the site, said: “You have to be careful where you’re walking. You can see from the ground there are burials everywhere.”
It was found the sacristy was built in the 1250s by Henry III during the reconstruction of the abbey that was originally built by the second-last Anglo-Saxon king Edward the Confessor.
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