JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen (Portugal) Skeletons Found In Portugal May Be Remains From Inquisition #general

Jan Meisels Allen

A dozen skeletons found in an ancient garbage dump may be Jewish victims of
the Inquisition more than 400 years ago. In excavating what was the Jail
Cleaning Yard in the Inquisition Court of Evora (84 miles east of Lisbon,
Portugal), researchers found three male and nine female bodies. The "dump"
that was excavated was used between 1568 and 1634. It is impossible to
know with certainty if the remains are or are not Jewish. The article is in
the September edition of the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology
(the abstract may be read here: to
access the full article there is a charge) and shared with the Associated
Press whose news article may be read at:

Original url:

Thank you to Randy Herschaft, Associate Press for sharing the article.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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