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?!
Everyone dies, but what do we do with those bodies? In this episode of SciShow, Hank explores the various options, from mummification to liquefaction, and everything in between.
When veteran broadcaster Alistair Cooke died in 2004 few suspected that he was yet to uncover his greatest story. What happened to his body as it lay in a funeral home would reveal a story of modern day grave robbery and helped smash a body-snatching ring that had made millions of dollars by chopping up and selling-off over 1000 bodies.
Dead bodies have become big business.Each year millions of people’s lives are improved by the use of tissue from the dead. Bodies are used to supply spare parts, and for surgeons to practice on. Horizon investigates the medical revolution that has created an almost insatiable demand for body parts and uncovers the growing industry and grisly black market that supplies human bodies for a price.
A really fascinating BBC documentary - highly recommended!
Undertakers are often almost invisible - and in some societies they are stigmatised because of their job.
In Zambia strong cultural beliefs mean that they are feared and avoided by family members and neighbours.
So what inspired a Zambian man to challenge traditional and to work in a mortuary?
Hudson Mabwe Kapemba told the BBC World Service about his life as a mortuary attendant.
The 58 year old has been doing the job for more than 25 years.
He is one of the longest-serving morticians at Zambia’s University Teaching Hospital in the capital, Lusaka.
A great piece by the BBC - click through to read the rest.
Doctors, Dissection and Resurrection Men
Explore the early 19th century history of human dissection and the trade in dead bodies through dramatic evidence unearthed during Museum of London Archaeology excavations at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel.
Exhibition runs from 19 October 2012 — 14 April 2013, admission charges apply.
Can’t wait to see this! Ahem.
Absolutely stunning photographs taken from The Dead, by Jack Burman. Available to buy from the Magenta Foundation.
Sally Mann: The naked and the dead
From close-ups of rotting corpses to those controversial portraits of her children baring all, Sally Mann has a gift for provocation. Blake Morrison of The Guardian asks her why she likes ‘pushing buttons’…