In the News: Archaeologists find graves containing bodies of 5,000 slaves on remote island


KENNESAW, Ga. (Mar 13, 2012) — From

British archaeologists have unearthed a slave burial ground containing an estimated 5,000 bodies on a remote South Atlantic island.

The corpses were found on tiny St Helena, 1,000 miles off the coast of south-west Africa. Those who died were slaves taken off the ships of slave traders by the Royal Navy in the 1800s, when Britain was supressing the slavery in the Caribbean. Many of the captives died after being kept on the slavers' ships in appalling conditions, and later in refugee camps when they reached the island.

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