The site where 19 innocent people, mostly women, were executed after being accused of witchcraft in Today, the site is located behind a Walgreens in what local NPR station WGBH called " an abandoned jungle of barren woods and trash " where homeless people often camp. Since the hangings were witnessed by people all over Salem, many assumed they took place at the top of Gallows Hill, which is located just up the road. But a team of researchers found that some of those witnesses couldn't have seen the hill from where they were.
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The radar also revealed that the soil around Proctor's Ledge is just three feet deep, so while the accused were executed on the spot, they would not have been buried there. Proctor's Ledge confirmed as witch trials execution site. The way people feel on Civil War battlefields.
The place becomes a monument to the people. The city purchased the land in , CBS Boston reported. Then, even as Bishop protested her innocence, the ladder was kicked out from under her. Within a few minutes she was dead. Authorities are also seeking funds to clean up the area and to prepare it for the inevitable tourist traffic.
A doctor diagnosed the cause as supernatural, and under pressure from local officials, the girls blamed three local women for their affliction. Bishop was the first to die.
Witnesses were too busy passing judgment on their ill-fated neighbors, most likely. The site was never formally marked. There are no artifacts to be found there, no buried remains — the soil was too shallow for burials, Baker told Reuters.
The site where Salem's 'witches' were executed is now next to a Walgreens The morning of June 10, , started with a hanging. Now, it will finally be commemorated when Salem mayor Kimberley . on the site where they threw the witches' bodies after they hung them.
And the academics who found the site of their last breaths will have the satisfaction of a mystery solved. Turn on desktop notifications? Share on Google Plus.
The Gallows Hill Project pinpointed the exact site of the infamous Salem witch hangings, which killed 19 people in The team identified Proctor's Ledge, not Gallows Hill, as the spot of the executions. Sarah Kaplan Sarah Kaplan is a science reporter covering news from around the nation and across the universe.
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