An eighteenth century cemetery consisting of some 800 graves has been uncovered by Metro works in the French city of Marseille. Located in the northern suburbs, the cemetery of Petites-Crottes, as it was called at the time, was used between 1784 and 1905 before becoming a dumping ground for industrial waste in 1930.

"We knew from historical archives that there was a cemetery in the area but we did not know where," said Anne Richier, an archaeologist from Institut National de Recherches Archéologiques Préventives (Inrap) which is in charge of the excavations.

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