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24 March 2014

UAS Mapping of Cemeteries in the Czech Republic

The largest Czech unmanned aerial systems (UAS) company, UPVISION, in cooperation with Brno City Hall (the second largest city in the Czech Republic), conducted a project to capture images of adjacent cemeteries and integrate the data into a GIS system for the administrators of city cemeteries.

For this project, unmanned aerial vehicles were used to create high-resolution orthophotos and the subsequent vectorization of grave sites with the possibility of adding raster data (orthophotos) as well.

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21 March 2014

19th Century Convict Graves Found Near Portsmouth, England

The bodies of four 19th century prisoners have been rescued off the coast of Portsmouth. A team of soldiers injured in Afghanistan, working on the foreshore of an area known as Burrow Island, responded to an emergency call when a member of the public alerted police to human remains exposed by severe weather conditions.

Better known locally as Rat Island, the site has not been used by the armed forces for more than 40 years, despite its position near Her Majesty's Naval Base and the mighty warships of HMS Victory and HMS Excellent.

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19 March 2014

Historian Travels from Australia To Visit Abandoned Horton Cemetery, in Epsom, England

A woman exploring the death of her grandfather travelled across the world from Australia to visit an abandoned cemetery where he is buried. Kath Ensor, 63, who lives in Melbourne, visited Epsom, towards the end of last year, to pay her respects at Horton Cemetery, off Hook Road.

The cemetery contains 8,000 bodies of those who died at Horton Hospital and others in the Epsom cluster of mental hospitals, which closed in the 1990s. Horton was a war hospital during the World Wars and a number of soldiers are believed to be among the dead in its overgrown and uncared for cemetery.

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Charlotte, North Carolina: City Hopes To Preserve Slave Cemetery Uncovered in South End

Just outside the edge of construction and brand new apartment complexes, a slave cemetery was rediscovered in South End.

Over the weekend, volunteers filled black trash bags with brush and debris they cleared from the site at the corner of Youngblood Street and Remount Road. Charlotte's code enforcement first got a call about the overgrown lot in the fall. Southwest Service Area Code Leader Eugene Bradley said their first step was to try to find the property owner.

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18 March 2014

Last Casualties of the Korean War: Burial for the 400 Chinese Soldiers Found in Peninsula Who Were Part of Massive and Ill-Equipped Red Army

The remains of over 400 Red Army soldiers who fought and died in the Korean War will finally be returned to China for burial - 60 years after the end of the conflict. These extraordinary pictures show Chinese government officials observing the remains of 437 Chinese soldiers at a cemetery in Paju, South Korea - all of whom were killed in the Korean War.

Communist China sent troops to fight alongside North Korean soldiers during the 1950-53 conflict - which was the primary result of the political division of the country following the Second World War.

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17 March 2014

Scottish Hero of Great War Buried with Honours After 98 Years

Private William McAleer died amid the choking poison gas, screams and machine-gun fire of the Battle of Loos on September 26, 1915. But only yesterday, 98 years later, he was finally laid to rest with full military honours in a Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery.

Private McAleer, aged just 22, was one of nearly 60,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers who fell during the battle in northern France. The Royal Scottish Fusilier’s body was placed in a forgotten mass grave.

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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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