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30 July 2013

Coffin at King Richard III Site Holds...Another Coffin

King Richard III's rediscovered resting place is turning out more mysteries this summer. Excavators finally lifted the heavy lid of a medieval stone coffin found at the site in Leicester, England, only to reveal another lead coffin inside.

The "coffin-within-a-coffin" is thought to have been sealed in the 13th or 14th century — more than 100 years before Richard, an infamous English king slain in battle, received his hasty burial in 1485.

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26 July 2013

Grave Finally Identified of First World War Soldier From Earlsfield, England

A soldier’s war grave has been identified 95 years after he went missing in action. Company Sergeant Major Andrew Gale, 41, of Quinton Street, Earlsfield, is believed to have died at a casualty clearing station near Ypres, Belgium, on September 28, 1918, just weeks before armistice was signed ending the bloody conflict. He left behind his wife Olivia and five children.

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Remains of WWII Airman From NY Identified in South Pacific

The remains of a World War II airman have been identified and will be flown back to his hometown in New York nearly 70 years after his plane and two others failed to return to their base in the South Pacific.

Sgt. Dominick Licari was 31 when his A-20 Havoc bomber crashed into a mountain in Papua-New Guinea on March 13, 1944. After two years of searches, the military presumed Licari to be dead, the Utica Observer Dispatch reported.

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25 July 2013

Historic Slave Cemetery, Long Neglected, Renewed In Irving, Texas

History was buried by brush, weeds and trash at an Irving cemetery... until Wednesday. It's cleanup time at Shelton's Bear Creek Cemetery, the final resting place for hundreds of slaves.

Community members are donating their time to honor those who came before them. Underneath the rubble are names, dates, and — for Tim Green — relatives he wants to honor. "A lot of them are in the back corner over here," he said.

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Finally Laid To Rest 95 Years On, 21 German Soldiers Found Perfectly Preserved in Trench Where They Were Buried Alive By Allied Shell

A troop of 21 German soldiers found entombed in an perfectly preserved First World War shelter have been given a full military burial nearly a century after their deaths. Not a single member of the men's families attended the moving service at a war cemetery in northern France.

The soldiers were buried alive in 1918 when a huge Allied shell exploded above the shelter causing it to cave in. Last year, French archaeologists stumbled upon the mass grave at Carspach in Alsace, on the former Western Front, during excavation work for a road building project.

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24 July 2013

History Museum of Mobile, Alabama, Investigates Gravestone Found in Woman's Yard

Local history experts are hoping they can shed new light on where a gravestone came from that was found in a Mobile woman's backyard. Annette Davis dug up a headstone while doing some work in her new backyard.

The name on the headstone: Frank V. Sheuermann, a World War One veteran. Annette Davis dug up a headstone while doing some work in her new backyard. The name on the headstone: Frank V. Sheuermann, a World War One veteran.

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17 July 2013

Crew Restoring Nation’s Second-Oldest Military Cemetery At Baxter Springs, Kansas

When he arrived in his pickup Tuesday morning, Jimmy Morton was happy to see someone digging up headstones at the Baxter Springs National Cemetery No. 2 Soldiers’ Lot.

As he walked between the rows, Morton, public works director for Baxter Springs, said, “It’s time for this to get done.” Morton was referring not to vandalism, but to a federally approved project that, when complete, will give those buried at the second-oldest military cemetery in the nation the respect they deserve, he said.

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15 July 2013

Total of 4.6 Million Soviet Soldiers, Killed In World War II, Still Not Identified

The Russian Defense Ministry has not yet identified 4.6 million Soviet soldiers, whose remains are buried in Russia and abroad, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said.

“A total of over 32,000 burial sites of over 7 million people are registered by the ministry. A total of 2.6 million are known by surname. Unfortunately, the names of another 4.6 million have not yet been determined,” Shoigu said when speaking at a meeting of the Russian organizing committee Pobeda (Victory).

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Holland, Ohio, Cemetery Vandalized, Stones Dating Back To 1700's

The Springfield Township Cemetery is filled with graves dating back from before the Civil War, but due to an act of vandalism, many of them are now laying on the ground.

The cemetery is the final resting place of many who were here before the city was founded. But whoever is responsible for desecrating these grave stones in the overnight hours Wednesday[July 10], didn't respect their history.

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12 July 2013

Poland Unveils Volyn WWII Massacre Memorial

Poland has unveiled a new monument on the 70th anniversary of the Volyn massacre, in which nationalist Ukrainian partisans killed about 40,000 Polish civilians during World War II.

At the time Volyn - also called Volhynia - was an area of south-eastern Poland occupied by Nazi German troops. The 1943 atrocity was aimed at driving out the Polish minority. On 11 July alone 10,000 people were murdered. Poles later retaliated and the conflict killed up to 100,000 people in total.

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11 July 2013

Ancient Jewish Tombstones Hidden From Nazis During WWII Rediscovered In Vienna

It was 1943 when Vienna’s Nazi overlords gave the order to destroy the city’s oldest Jewish cemetery, demanding it be leveled and the tombstones attesting to centuries of Jewish existence there be destroyed.

Desperate to save their heritage, the city’s shrinking Jewish community decided to act. Defying the possibility of prison, deportation or execution, they buried the gravestones and kept them from Nazi hands.

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8 July 2013

Finding of Bodies Upsets Ignacio, Colorado, School Construction

Construction workers in March uncovered four human bodies buried on school grounds in the course of building a new elementary school for the Ignacio School District. Three months later, the district has uncovered 26 bodies around the site.

While authorities initially suspected the bodies were of Spanish origin and buried about 50 to 75 years ago, Jann Smith, La Plata County coroner, said it now appears the cemetery is multi-ethnic and dates to 100 years ago. She said some of the bodies were determined to be Native American.

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1 July 2013

Remains of Old Cemetery Found In Prairietown, Illinois

A backhoe operator digging a trench for a new water line accidentally uncovered some gravestones Thursday, leading to the discovery of an historic cemetery adjacent to Renken Road just off Illinois Route 159.

The digging was for the Fosterburg Water District, whose officials called the project engineers, who notified the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. Dawn E. Cobb, an anthropologist in charge of preserving human skeletal remains, was called to the site to investigate.

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Zeeland Cemetery Plot Purchases Limited After One Family Buys Dozens of Gravesites

After a local family bought 40 plots in Zeeland Cemetery earlier this year, the Zeeland City Council enacted a temporary limit of 10 plots per couple — and city officials need time to plan for the inevitable day when sales must end.

"The cemetery is such a loved area, and we do so many things there," said John Query, chairman of Zeeland's cemetery and parks commission, which recommended the move. "It's the heart and soul of the city."

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28 June 2013

Atlantis Memorial Reef - Key Biscayne, Florida

Finding a final resting place for the deceased is more challenging than it might seem, especially considering the limited amount of space on Earth and the extreme geography and climate of some locations.

And although the recently departed may be beyond any worldly cares, the cemeteries they call their resting place are far from being immune to the outside world.

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