U.S. recovers bodies of WW2 airmen in Quebec water →
archaeologicalnews: The wind was fierce and the waves were surging on Josephine Vibert’s wedding day, 70 years ago in Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan, a small fishing village on Quebec’s north shore. In 1942, the village became the site of an emergency airstrip on the U.S. military’s so-called “Crimson Route,” a…
In Egypt, archaeologists reopen tombs to woo... →
archaeologicalnews: GIZA, Egypt — More than 4,500 years since the paint was first applied, the reds, yellows and blues still stand out on the walls of the tomb of Queen Meresankh III. A hunter throws a net to catch water birds, craftsmen make papyrus mats while a stream of people carry baskets filled with…
South Korea Adopts New Mourning Tradition →
Death in any culture has predominately become a paradox of emotions. Throughout our lives we learn that death is inevitable and that it should be approached with acceptance, on the other hand, when someone close to us dies, we are filled with grief – even as we get older, our perception of death is one of trepidation. To overcome these feelings, we’ve turned to commemorating the memory of our...
Ghost bikes →
Ghost Bikes are small and somber memorials for bicyclists who are killed or hit on the street. A bicycle is painted all white and locked to a street sign near the crash site, accompanied by a small plaque. They serve as reminders of the tragedy that took place on an otherwise anonymous street corner, and as quiet statements in support of cyclists’ right to safe travel. The first ghost...
Sheffield memorial removed after threat from... →
A MEMORIAL gate to help mourners grieve has had to be removed - as people said it ‘reminded them about death’. Volunteers at Your Good Mourning shop, in Walkley, were ‘gobsmacked’ to be told to take down the gate or it would be torn down by objectors. Tributes, ribbons and memorial doves had been tied to the gate, which had permission to be attached to the tree outside on South Road, in...
Grave Trade →
History in the UK is set to explore death and burial through the lens of a family-run business in Grave Trade from ITV Studios. History, the joint venture between A+E Networks and BSkyB, has commissioned the six-part, one-hour episode series which is currently in production and scheduled to broadcast in the fall. Grave Trade focuses on T Cribbs & Sons, one of the UK’s longest running...
Skeleton find in Italy could unlock mysteries of... →
archaeologicalnews: London, July 18 (ANI): Archeologists have found a skeleton buried beneath the floor of a convent in Florence, Italy, and they believe it belonged to the model who posed for Leonardo’s da Vinci’s mysterious masterpiece - the Mona Lisa. The medieval Convent of Saint Ursula in Florence was the…
Human Corpses Are Prize In Global Drive For... →
On Feb. 24, Ukrainian authorities made an alarming discovery: bones and other human tissues crammed into coolers in a grimy white minibus. Investigators grew even more intrigued when they found, amid the body parts, envelopes stuffed with cash and autopsy results written in English. What the security service had disrupted was not the work of a serial killer but part of an international...
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Three Kingdoms' Tomb Holding Warrior Discovered →
archaeologicalnews: About 1,800 years ago, at a time when China was breaking apart into three warring kingdoms, a warrior was laid to rest. Buried in a tomb with domed roofs, along with his wife, he was about 45 years old when he died. Their skeletal remains were found inside two wooden coffins that had rotted…
Award-winning soldiers’ recovery project continues... →
archaeologicalnews: An award-winning project using archaeology to aid the recovery of soldiers from The Rifles injured on Operation Herrick continues its success on Salisbury Plain. ‘Operation Nightingale’ has this week received a special award from the British Archaeological Awards in recognition of its…
Surprise Human-Ancestor Find—Key Fossils Hidden in... →
archaeologicalnews: Last month a prehistoric tooth protruding from a boulder tipped off researchers to hidden evolutionary treasure: remarkably complete human-ancestor fossils trapped in a rock that had been sitting in their lab for years. Scans later showed that the rock contains…
The Vampire of Venice Returns, or What Is that... →
It seems like every spring there is renewed coverage of a partial skeleton that was found on the island of Lazaretto Nuovo (one of two 15th-16th century leper colonies near Venice) in 2009. I’ve never covered it here, but since I was alerted to an airing of a documentary about the skeleton on Italian TV this week, I thought it may be time to track the progress of the so-called Vampire of...
Wellcome Library acquires book bound in human skin →
The Wellcome Library has recently acquired a fine example of a book bound in human skin. These are not as uncommon as may be generally thought, and many rare book libraries have examples. Until Nazi Germany brought the practice into particular disrepute, it seems to have been regarded as macabre rather than repellent. One common practice was to bind accounts of murder trials in the murderer’s...
"Frankenstein" Bog Mummies Discovered in Scotland →
archaeologicalnews: In a “eureka” moment worthy of Dr. Frankenstein, scientists have discovered that two 3,000-year-old Scottish “bog bodies” are actually made from the remains of six people. According to new isotopic dating and DNA experiments, the mummies—a male and a female—were assembled from various body…
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Archaeologists dig up bog army bones in Denmark →
archaeologicalnews: Danish archaeologists said on Tuesday they had re-opened a mass grave of scores of slaughtered Iron Age warriors to find new clues about their fate and the bloody practices of Germanic tribes on the edge of the Roman Empire. Bones of around 200 soldiers have already…
Large Roman cemetery discovered in Norfolk →
archaeologicalnews: Archaeologists have discovered 85 Roman graves in what has been hailed as the largest and best preserved cemetery of that period found in Norfolk. The site at Great Ellingham, near Attleborough, has been excavated over the last four months and the findings have now…
Kurt Cobain, before the age of the digital zombies →
As Courtney Love cedes all rights to Cobain’s image, where it will be used in an age of CGI and holograms is anyone’s guess Even the background of this picture is a ghost. Kurt Cobain stands on West 42nd Street in Manhattan in 1993, in front of a semi-derelict cinema bearing the words Men Don’t Protect You Anymore. The photographer had noticed it and Cobain dug the idea of...
Dark Tourism: Understanding The Attraction Of... →
The Most Unusual Tech Startup: Bury Your Deceased... →
When I was in Seoul recently I met a tall French man named Thomas Civeit. The usual chatter popped up, “What are you doing?” I asked. “A start-up.” He replied. But he proceeded to tell me about his idea which is definitely the most unusual one I’ve ever heard. Rather than bury your deceased family in the ground, Thomas wants to launch them into space and allow you to track them with your...
Want to cheer yourself up? Go for a walk in a... →
Thinking about death can actually be a good thing as it leads people to bring positive changes to their lives and help others For an awareness of mortality can improve physical health and help us re-prioritize our goals and values, according to the latest analysis of recent scientific studies. Even non-conscious thinking about death - such as walking by a cemetery - could prompt positive...
A Death Ritual for the Living →
Most people dread the idea of being confined in tight spaces – for people with claustrophobia, it’s a constant search for escape routes – it’s a matter of having openings; exits; a steady stream of airflow, so the sheer thought of being enclosed in a narrow, body-sized space is enough to cause those glands to perspire and that heart to palpitate. In fact, for years people have dreaded the notion...
Earning a Living in Death →
It’s a typical conversation starter for most people to inquire as to what one does for a living. Sometimes we’re fascinated by the work other people do, sometimes we want to compare our jobs to that of someone else – sometimes though, we learn about jobs that just seem so unconventional and bizarre that we’re at a loss for words. Nevertheless, death is an industry in its own right and while it...
U.S. government says zombies are NOT real: Feds... →
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Probe into Japanese bathtub fatalities after... →
Japan’s health ministry is to launch an investigation into bath-time fatalities after it was estimated that 14,000 people die every year in the tub - three times as many as those who died in car accidents. Just utterly bizarre. Be careful out there, folks!