In 2007, excavations in a suburb of the Catalan town of Tàrrega identified the possible location of the medieval Jewish cemetery. Subsequent excavations confirmed that multiple individuals buried in six communal graves had suffered violent deaths. The present study argues that these communal graves can be connected to a well-documented assault on the Jews of Tàrrega that occurred in 1348: long known as one of the earliest episodes of anti-Jewish violence related to the Black Death, but never before corroborated by physical remains. This study places textual sources, both Christian and Jewish, alongside the recently discovered archeological evidence of the violence.
Colet, Anna; Muntané i Santiveri, Josep Xavier; Ruíz Ventura, Jordi; Saula, Oriol; Subirà de Galdàcano, M. Eulàlia; and Jáuregui, Clara
"The Black Death and Its Consequences for the Jewish Community in Tàrrega: Lessons from History and Archeology,"
The Medieval Globe: Vol. 1
, Article 5.
Available at: https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/tmg/vol1/iss1/5
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