Dr Hugh Willmott said the mass burial was "completely unexpected"
A Black Death burial pit containing 48 skeletons, including the remains of 27 children, has been found at the site of a 14th Century monastery hospital.
The bodies were excavated at Thornton Abbey in North Lincolnshire.
Between 1347 and 1351 the "Great Pestilence" swept westward across Europe killing millions of people. It later became known as the Black Death.
It arrived on Britain's shores in 1348 and is believed to have wiped out up to 60% of the population at the time.
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