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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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9 January 2014

Are These Bones Victims of the Body Snatchers? Five Skeletons Found Behind Scottish Townhouse May Be Victims of 19th Century Murderers William Hare and William Burke

They were the real-life bogeymen whose murderous trade in bodies for medical research led to their names going down forever in infamy. Now, bones from five skeletons found in a shallow grave behind an upmarket townhouse in Edinburgh are thought to be linked to the period of 'resurrectionists' William Burke and William Hare.

Archaeologists have determined that the five bodies - four adults and one child, which were found in Grove Street in the Haymarket area of the capital - date back to the early 19th century.

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3 January 2014

Son Fits QR Code on War Hero Father's Gravestone

A son has fitted a barcode on his war hero father's gravestone in Bridgend so that visitors can learn about his life. The QR (quick response) code can be scanned using smart phones to access a webpage about Charles Davies.

The former merchant seaman, who died last year aged 91, took part in the Arctic convoys during WW2. Known as the "journey to hell", more than 3,000 men died on the convoys which took supplies to the Soviet Union from 1941 to 1945.

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30 December 2013

Cemeteries With Graves of Indian Soldiers of World War I Receive £5 Million Grant

Cemeteries where brave Indian soldiers who died fighting for Britain in World War I have been buried, have now received a £5 million grant that will help conserve, repair and protect these burial sites.

British Prime Minister David Cameron announced the funding on Thursday while visiting Flanders as part of UK's massive plans to mark the centenary of the First World War in 2014. Soldiers from India who gave their lives for Britain will be honoured and remembered during UK's four-year-long roster to commemorate the centenary of the great battle.

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20 December 2013

South Korea To Repatriate China's Korean War Soldiers

South Korea will repatriate the remains of 425 Chinese soldiers killed in the Korean War 60 years ago. The authorities will dig up the remains, clean them and put them into coffins before sending them back to China in a process that will take several months.

Hundreds of thousands of Chinese troops are thought to have died in the war. They fought for North Korea against UN forces, including soldiers from the United States and South Korea.

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28 November 2013

German War Cemetery Wins Wiki Loves Photo Contest

This photo of the Cemetery of German soldiers in Tişiţa (a township in the city of Mărăşeşti, Vrancea County, Moldavia, Romania) is the winner of the Wiki Loves Monuments 2013 First World War category.

Wiki Loves Monuments is a worldwide volunteer-driven photography contest focused on cultural heritage monuments. Europeana has been an official partner of the contest since 2011, sponsoring a special category award. This year, Europeana awarded a special prize for the best photograph of a monument related to the First World War.

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21 November 2013

Arlington National Cemetery Debated Allowing QR Codes On Tombstones. Does Technology Belong In Cemeteries?

Cemeteries aren’t known as hotbeds of innovation. They are solemn places where traditions are followed and rules abound on everything regarding the size of headstone to the behavior of visitors.

Witness the outrage over Selfies at Funerals, a Web site collecting images of young people taking photos of themselves at funerals. (“Simply outrageous.” “Depressing.” “Apocalypse can’t come soon enough.”) When dealing with death, etiquette is paramount and new technology isn’t always welcome.

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15 November 2013

12th - 18th Century Burials Discovered at Oldest Polish School

More human remains from burials in the period from the 12th to the 18th century have been discovered during the renovation of the oldest school in Poland and one of the oldest in Europe, the Marshal Stanislaw Malachowski High School in Plock (Mazowieckie).

Excavation work coordinator archaeologist Dr. Marek Baranski told PAP that archaeologists found the remains of about 70 people, including children, in successive layers.

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14 November 2013

Johannesburg, South Africa, To Install Tombstone Alarms To Scare Off Grave Robbers

Johannesburg will allow the installation of security devices on tombstones from next year in a bid to curb theft. Alan Buff, who oversees the city's cemeteries, said that a deal has been entered into with a private company that will install microchip transmitters into tombstones.

The system is designed to detect movement and trigger off sirens. "Then we will be able to immediately locate the area where a tombstone has been moved and we will be able to track it down," Mr Buff told AFP.

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12 November 2013

Historic African American Cemetery in Queen Village, Philadelphia, Larger Than Thought

The remains of at least 5,000 18th- and 19th-century African Americans lie less than two feet beneath the asphalt and tennis court at Weccacoe Playground in Queen Village, a far greater number than previously believed.

And there could be more, stacked in layers in the old Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church burial ground, according to an extensive archaeological study conducted at the city's behest and just released.

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