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14 March 2014

Richard III: Does It Matter Where He Is Buried?

King Richard III's distant relatives hope to win another stage of their legal battle over his burial place this week. If they win, the dispute is set to last longer than his actual reign. Why has the argument gone on so long and are we at risk of getting bored?

Few monarchs have fascinated the public as much as Richard, whose battle-scarred remains were exhumed from beneath a Leicester car park almost 19 months ago. At 26 months, he had one of the shortest reigns in English history, ending when he was killed at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.

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11 March 2014

Fire Damages 500 Headstones at Chattanooga (Tennessee) Cemetery

For the second time this year, a fire has damaged hundreds of headstones at the Chattanooga National Cemetery. Fire officials told WRCB-TV that they were called to a report of a grass fire Sunday morning and arrive to find heavy smoke.

Windy conditions fueled-the 1-acre blaze, which was quickly put out. Despite firefighters' efforts, about 500 headstones at the cemetery were damaged. A 5-acre grass fire in January damaged about 1,800 headstones at the cemetery.

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10 March 2014

Unmarked Graveyard Unearths Mississippi's Past

Amid a grove of trees, buried beneath the grass and dirt, Mississippi's past is colliding with its future. Surveyors last month discovered dozens of neat, tight rows of coffins just feet below the ground at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

Sure, there were stories that there was a cemetery somewhere on the grounds of the medical center that today sits where the Mississippi State Lunatic Asylum once stood.

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7 March 2014

6 Jewish Gravestones Vandalized in Polish Cemetery

Vandals destroyed six tombstones in a Jewish cemetery in the Piasek district of Myslowice, a city in southern Poland. The identity of the vandals, who knocked down the nineteenth-century gravestones on Monday night, remains unknown.

Last year, a group of local residents organized a cleaning of the cemetery, grubbing trees and bushes and cleaning the gravestones.

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28 February 2014

Tombstone from 1870s Turns Up in Guelph (Canada) Antique Shop

How did a tombstone belonging to a child who was buried in the Elora Cemetery in 1878, make its way to a Guelph antique store? And how is Ray Mitchell to figure out the rightful owner of this tombstone that's 136 years old?

The tombstone is for William John French, son of Frederick and Elizabeth French, who died Oct. 15, 1878 at the age of two. He was buried in the Elora Cemetery in a family plot originally purchased by Josias French in 1864.

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26 February 2014

Medieval Murder Uncovered in Scotland

Archaeologists working in southeastern Scotland have made a grisly discovery – the remains of a young man from the 12th or 13th century, who was murdered with multiple stab wounds in his back.

The body was found during an archaeological dig at the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick. Various graves were discovered at the site, including the partial remains of a man about 20 years of age. He was found to have been stabbed four times in the back, twice in the left shoulder and twice in the ribs.

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19 February 2014

Twenty Skeletons Discovered Under Swedish Street

More than a dozen human skeletons have emerged from beneath a Malmö street in a "macabre" find that left workers startled and onlookers thrilled. But archaeologists reacted differently to the discovery. The human remains, which include both adults and children, were discovered last week beneath the pavement along Djäknegatan in Malmö's old town, as workers installed a district heating system.

The area served as a cemetery for the old Malmö hospital between 1690 and 1820, Sarnäs explained.

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31 January 2014

Burials ‘In Between Graves’ at Osu Cemetery, Accra, Ghana

With an average of 120 burials per month, the Osu Cemetery appears stretched beyond its capacity. Rumours that dead bodies are exhumed and burned behind the Cemetery were quashed by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), but it came to the fore that new graves are being dug in between old ones.

“We have never exhumed any body and burnt it, and we will never allow it,” said Dr Simpson Anim Boateng, the Director of Health at the Assembly.

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27 January 2014

Swastika on Austrian Tombstone Defies Ban

The marble tombstone looks like others dotting the main cemetery of Graz, Austria's second city - but only at first glance. Carved into it are a swastika and the inscription: "He died in the struggle for a Great Germany."

Footsteps away, another gravestone is marked with the SS lightning bolts proudly worn by the elite Nazi troops who executed most of the crimes of the Holocaust. Austrian law bans such symbols, and those displaying them face criminal charges and potential prison terms.

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24 January 2014

Troy, New York: More Than 100 Headstones Damaged in Oakwood Cemetery

Troy Police are investigating a case after more than 100 headstones at a cemetery were damaged. According to Bernard Vogel, 108 headstones in total were damaged at the historic Oakwood Cemetery. Cemetery workers found the headstones on Monday as they were prepping for an internment. The headstones were around 100 years old.

Cpt. Daniel DeWolf with the Troy Police Department said "It's terrible; it's just a total lack of respect, for the deceased and for their families."

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15 January 2014

Tyler, Texas: Site Where Baby's 19th Century Tombstone Was Discovered Was Once a Marble Company

Tyler city officials say historical maps show that a marble company was once located at the site where the parking garage is being built. Therefore, it is very possible that the gravestone found this morning was made by the company but never moved to a grave site.

Self proclaimed history buff and relic hunter Rick Garrett discovered something special. Rodney Kinard, with L&L Asphalt, called him while digging with a track hoe during work on the new parking garage at Elm Street and Broadway Avenue and said he found something Garrett needed to see.

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Italy’s Melting Glaciers Contain the Preserved Bodies of WWI Soldiers

In one of the strangest consequences of global warming yet, glaciers far north in the Italian Alps are slowly melting to reveal the frozen corpses of soldiers killed during World War I.

How did the ice-preserved bodies get to the small Alpine village of Peio? They were casualties of the White War, an obscure part of WWI. In May 1915, a newly united Italy decided to join the war on the side of the Allies, opening up a front on the northern border of the country which abutted the enemy Hapsburgs, part of the Central Powers.

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14 January 2014

Volunteers Unearth Mass Graves of Russia's Fallen WWII Soldiers

At the close of the Second World War, around 4 million Soviet soldiers were missing in action. Almost all had been killed in battle and their bodies were often left where they had fallen.

Now, teams of volunteers across Russia are working to locate and identify the remains, in the hope that the soldiers' families can finally lay them to rest.

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Remains of WWII British Soldier Found in Eastern Libya

The remains of what seems to be a british soldier who died during WWII was found near the eastern city of Tobruk by a Libyan family. The remains were found in Al-Ghaara area east of the Tobruk city on Sunday.

The family which found the remains informed the archeological office in Tobruk of the remains which sent experts to the place to investigate the case. Ihab al-Misalati, of the archeological team, told the Solidarity news agency that the remains are believed to be of a British soldier who died during the Second World War.

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13 January 2014

Old Graveyard Found in New Glen Allen, Virginia, Subdivision

Archeologists found an old graveyard in Henrico's West End, halting construction on a new development in the area. Nearly 2 dozen graves were found on land where some half-million dollar homes are being built in Glen Allen's Stable Hill subdivision off Nuckols and Holman Ridge Roads.

According to circuit court documents, the graveyard has been abandoned for over 50 years. The graves have no markers and the area was overgrown with vegetation.

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