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In 2002 they were found near Porquerisses remains of individuals who lived between the twelfth to sixteenth centuries AD, during the construction of the A-2. The importance of finding prompted the Ministry of Development fund archaeological excavations and exhumation and study of human remains.

Field work has brought to light the remains of the Church of Sant Marc and cemetery area, with a total of 347 funerary structures, single and double graves, and some isolated dens that housed at least 644 individuals. The complexity of these structures and tombs, made ​​the Ministry of Public Works took the cost of the project and took the studies of human remains exhumed the laboratory.

Was studied also a possibly related building nearby.

From the excavation of the Church took over Esteve Nadal archaeologist, archaeologist Sonia Pascual studied next tower and Maria Eulalia Subirá, an anthropologist at UAB, was responsible for the inventory and classification of human remains exhumed. In his anthropological study shows that 145 were women, 168 men and 7 alofisos; 127 had not reached adulthood, 82 adults aged between 21 and 40 years at the time of his death, 93 between 41 and 60 years, only 16 were over 60 years. The largest proportion of individuals aged 40 indicates a relatively good life expectancy and therefore a relative good health.

Moreover, few injuries that might suggest war events, but at any given moment, there was a high mortality among the population, probably due to an acute infectious process that would have left traces on the bones of individuals.


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