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What did most people die of?
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There are some clues. In the human excrement found intact in another burial site, scientists found egg remains of the trematode species Fasciola buski. Today, this parasitic flatworm is endemic to certain areas of Thailand and is most common where aquatic plants are cultivated, particularly the water caltrop. The University of Otago's Dave Morseth, a parasitologist, reports that infestation of this parasite would greatly reduce human vitality. Anemia associated with malaria may also have affected the people greatly.



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