[PW] question about corpses after a massacre

Mark Carson mahousu at gmail.com
Thu May 7 12:04:35 PDT 2015


This may help:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forensic_entomological_decomposition#Factors_affecting_decomposition

In particular, if Jerusalem were fairly dry and/or cold during that period,
it would have slowed decomposition.

On Thu, May 7, 2015 at 2:59 PM, Kevin O'Kelly <rkokelly at gmail.com> wrote:

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> I have read that when Jerusalem surrendered to the Crusaders in 1099, the
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> Since maggots can consume 60 percent of a corpse in seven days, how could
> there still have been rotting bodies from a siege that had taken place five
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