A team of researchers interested in the Salem witch trials of 1692 has announced that they've finally worked out a surprisingly long-lasting mystery: where, exactly, those convicted of witchcraft and sentenced to death were executed. As the Boston Globe reports,
They reached this conclusion by using eyewitness accounts from the time of the hangings, aerial photography of Gallows Hill, and images of the area generated with advanced mapping technology, the researchers said.
19 people in total were executed by hanging at the site, known as Proctor's Ledge. Salem's mayor, Kimberley Driscoll, commented on the necessity of acknowledging this painful aspect of her city's past, saying, “This is part of our history, and this is an opportunity for us to be honest about what took place.”
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