[PW] question about corpses after a massacre

Kevin O'Kelly rkokelly at gmail.com
Thu May 7 12:08:23 PDT 2015


That's a good point about piled corpses.

On Thu, May 7, 2015 at 3:04 PM, Mary Barna <mbarna at albright.org> wrote:

> Not to sound flippant, but maybe the corpses were piled so tightly that it
> took that long to get to the ones on the bottom. The stench might still be
> there because it permeated the walls, buildings and everything else. It
> must have been horrible.
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> Mary Barna, Director
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> I have read that when Jerusalem surrendered to the Crusaders in 1099, the
> Franks/Crusaders slaughtered so many of the inhabitants that when Fulcher
> of Chartres visited five months later to preside over Christmas services he
> was appalled by the stench and number of rotting corpses.
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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
> months previously?
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