Wallwalker (wallwalker) wrote in little_details,

Decomposing bodies

A story that I'm working on has a pair of folks stumbling on a lost city which almost entirely was wiped out by plague. The disease killed lots and lots of people, and left corpses lying everywhere because there weren't enough people around to haul them off, near the end of it. (It's a fantasy setting so I don't have a specific real-world plague in mind, and it was at least partially unnatural anyway.)

My question is, how long would it typically take for a large number of corpses in a fairly open space to decompose to nothing? What kind of residue would be left over? Any info about decomposition or such would be helpful - I don't know much about it.
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