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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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Preservation Group Identifies 15 Soldiers at New York Revolutionary War site

A group working to preserve a New York military cemetery from the Revolutionary War says it has identified 15 soldiers from Virginia believed to be buried there.

The Friends of the Fishkill Supply Depot has pored over old muster rolls, military correspondence, private letters, physicians’ journals and other documents to identify soldiers buried in unmarked graves on privately owned land in New York’s Hudson Valley.

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7 November 2013

Bodies From Blackburn, England, Graveyard To Be Moved To Make Way For Ring Road

Bodies from a Blackburn graveyard will be removed to make way for the last section of the town’s ring road. The remains from St Peter Street graves will be exhumed over the next few weeks but Blackburn with Darwen Council have not said where they will be re-buried.

The work, which started this week, will see the town’s £12million ‘Bridge to Nowhere’ have a destination six years after its construction started.

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6 November 2013

More Than 30 Graves Have Been Found By Researchers At The Eppington Plantation

More than 30 graves have been found by researchers at the Eppington Plantation, where relatives of Thomas Jefferson are buried.

As a result of the ground radar study, new chapters can be written in history books. The cemetery is located on the grounds of Eppington Plantation, home of Francis Eppes VI and his wife Elizabeth Wayles Eppes, half-sister of Martha Jefferson. But none of the graves found at the family cemetery is that of Thomas Jefferson's daughter Lucy. She is believed to be buried there.

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22 October 2013

SpongeBob SquarePants Tombstones Honoring Slain Soldier Taken Down By Cemetery

The parents of a slain 28-year-old Ohio soldier honored their daughter with special SpongeBob SquarePants tombstones — until the cemetery removed them.

After the death of Sgt. Kimberly Walker — allegedly killed by her boyfriend — the soldier's parents decided to honor their daughter the best way they knew how. SpongeBob was Kimberly's favorite cartoon character. Even as an adult, she owned many SpongeBob items, including shower curtains.

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Google Cameras Capture A Walk Through Arlington National Cemetery

The walk through Arlington National Cemetery on a beautiful October day was being captured by Google for anyone to experience with a few keystrokes or the swipe of a smartphone screen.

Google on Sunday began its project to map the cemetery by collecting millions of photos and stitching them together to re-create the feeling of strolling the iconic burial ground of presidents and soldiers. Online users will be able to zoom in close enough to read some grave markers.

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18 October 2013

Arlington Cemetery Will Allow Small Mementos

Arlington National Cemetery is relaxing its policies to allow family members of those buried in its section for those who died in Iraq and Afghanistan to leave behind small mementos and photos to honor those soldiers, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Section 60 is the part of the cemetery that is home to most of those killed in recent fighting. Families in that section had been leaving stones, photos and other mementos at their loved ones' gravesites, even though cemetery policy strictly regulates such impromptu memorials.

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