Benjamin Franklin's Basement Filled With Body Parts

04/16/2012 02:06 pm ET | Updated Apr 16, 2012
  • Mental Floss

While working on the renovation of Benjamin Franklin's London home, a construction worker found something odd: a small pit in a windowless basement room.

Inside, sticking through the dirt floor, was a human thigh bone.

Ultimately, 1,200 pieces of bone were recovered, and initial examinations revealed that the bones were the remains of 10 bodies, six of them children, and were a little more than 200 years old.

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