I'm a PhD student researching the role of mortuary archaeology in contemporary British society. Think of this as a scrapbook of all the interesting links, snippets of information and random bits and bobs I come across pertaining to death, dying and the dead. Enjoy?!
Archaeologists have excavated over 600 bodies from around the world, mysteriously buried face-down. Britain is the biggest hotspot – with more than 200 prone burials. What do they signify? Caroline Arcini of Sweden’s National Heritage Board has been investigating.
Note: I suspect that Morbid Curiosity may have posted this before, but I couldn’t confirm it because Tumblr’s search feature FUCKING SUCKS. Sorry, it had to be said. Seriously: I can’t even search my OWN posts by text, or even by tag.
The search feature on Tumblr is, indeed, PANTS. I thought I had posted this, but I can’t find it, so perhaps not! Who knows?! Anyhoo, re-posting because deviant burial (any kind of burial that deviates from the ‘norm’, e.g. an unusually secure grave, decapitation and/or dismemberment of the corpse, binding, unusual grave location, etc.) is fascinating - and if you’re not following theossuary, then do it now!
Art with a Pulse: A former freak-show performer, Rick Genest a.k.a.’Zombie Boy’ is now Thierry Mugler’s latest muse and star of Lady Gaga’s music video for Born This Way. Smothered in tattoos that celebrate the decomposition of the human body, you can read an interview with this most intriguing chap here…