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Skeleton of village 'witch' to be re-buried [ a good bit o' spin in the headline ]
Kent Online ^ | March 2009 | Keyan Milanian

Posted on 03/06/2009 9:34:23 AM PST by SunkenCiv

The medieval remains of a teenage girl who may have been suspected of witchcraft are to be given a Christian burial and funeral. The skeleton, found by Faversham-based archaeologist Dr Paul Wilkinson, is thought to be from the 14th or 15th century. It was found in unconsecrated ground under a holly tree, next to Hoo St Werburgh parish church, near Rochester. The remains would normally be left in archives for future archaeological reference, but the vicar of Hoo, the Rev Andy Harding, has asked for the body to be returned so she can be re-buried in the church grounds. Dr Wilkinson found the remains about six years ago after a dig requested by Simon Wright Homes, which they were obliged to perform before starting their development. When they found the remains, the girl's skull had been removed from the body and placed carefully beside it, meaning she may have either committed suicide or was suspected of being a witch or a criminal... Pottery found in the area dates back to medieval times and so it is suspected the body... was from the same period. The bone structure of the skeleton indicates the remains are probably that of a female... The public funeral will be held at noon on Saturday, March 14.

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The excavation site near Hoo church where the body was found.

Skeleton of village witch to be re-buried

1 posted on 03/06/2009 9:34:23 AM PST by SunkenCiv
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2 posted on 03/06/2009 9:35:01 AM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________ Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: SunkenCiv

How much does she weigh?


3 posted on 03/06/2009 9:35:22 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: SunkenCiv
may have? possibly? could have?

is there any evidence its not just the remains of a normal everyday teenage girl?

4 posted on 03/06/2009 9:36:54 AM PST by GeronL (Will bankrupting America lead to socialism?)
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To: SunkenCiv
next to Hoo St

Next to what street?

5 posted on 03/06/2009 9:36:58 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: SunkenCiv
Faversham, everybody /obscure

/s/ Earl of Clampett

6 posted on 03/06/2009 9:39:21 AM PST by NonValueAdded (May God save America from its government; this is no time for Obamateurs. Emmanuel = Haldeman?)
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To: massgopguy

laden or unladen?


7 posted on 03/06/2009 9:42:32 AM PST by MeanWestTexan (Beware Obama's Reichstag Fire.)
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To: GeronL

Well, they chopped off her head for a reason.


8 posted on 03/06/2009 9:43:05 AM PST by MeanWestTexan (Beware Obama's Reichstag Fire.)
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To: massgopguy

If she weighs the same as a duck, then she’s made of wood.


9 posted on 03/06/2009 9:45:00 AM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________ Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: GeronL

Yeah, that wouldn’t make much of a headline though, now would it? ;’) The so-called skeletons of the “Little Princes” were found hundreds of years ago, and despite absolutely no reason to think so (including their estimated ages at death), were attributed to the two sons of Richard III’s older brother; they were interred as royalty, and remain there today.


10 posted on 03/06/2009 9:47:32 AM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________ Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: Larry Lucido

I don’t give a darn.


11 posted on 03/06/2009 9:47:47 AM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________ Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: MeanWestTexan

That’s just mean, it could have been a tragic birth defect.


12 posted on 03/06/2009 9:48:35 AM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________ Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: SunkenCiv

“...the girl’s skull had been removed from the body and placed carefully beside it, meaning she may have either committed suicide...”

Are they trying to say that she “may have” cut off her own head?


13 posted on 03/06/2009 9:49:11 AM PST by Cailleach
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To: fanfan

Okay, here it is, but I have to warn ya, we’re all having waaaay too much fun in here.


14 posted on 03/06/2009 9:49:21 AM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________ Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: fanfan

Oh, okay, sorry, wrong ping, wrong topic. [blush]


15 posted on 03/06/2009 9:50:08 AM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________ Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: Larry Lucido
Hoo St Werburgh parish church

Those Brits sure have a talent for naming things. Hoo'da thunk?

16 posted on 03/06/2009 9:50:29 AM PST by Veto! (Opinions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: SunkenCiv
Perhaps. There have been similar examples. Like this guy:


17 posted on 03/06/2009 9:51:55 AM PST by MeanWestTexan (Beware Obama's Reichstag Fire.)
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To: SunkenCiv

and thus?


18 posted on 03/06/2009 9:52:06 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: MeanWestTexan

could have been a farm accident or other things.


19 posted on 03/06/2009 9:52:48 AM PST by GeronL (Will bankrupting America lead to socialism?)
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To: massgopguy

Damn, I hate it when I get in too late to get in the good Python references.


20 posted on 03/06/2009 9:53:32 AM PST by dfwgator (1996 2006 2008 - Good Things Come in Threes)
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To: massgopguy

A WITCH!! BURN HER!!!


21 posted on 03/06/2009 9:54:57 AM PST by Billthedrill
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To: GeronL

They would not have put the head “by her side.”

Back in the day, you chop off the head of a suicide, witch, or criminal, put a communion “wafer” in its mouth, put the head in the hands, and bury aways out of town.

Otherwise it came back as a vampire.

Hasn’t anyone read any gothic novels?


22 posted on 03/06/2009 9:55:52 AM PST by MeanWestTexan (Beware Obama's Reichstag Fire.)
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To: GeronL

They would not have put the head “by her side.”

Back in the day, you chop off the head of a suicide, witch, or criminal, put a communion “wafer” in its mouth, put the head in the hands, and bury aways out of town.

Otherwise it came back as a vampire.

Hasn’t anyone read any gothic novels?


23 posted on 03/06/2009 9:55:55 AM PST by MeanWestTexan (Beware Obama's Reichstag Fire.)
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To: MeanWestTexan

lol.

not really.


24 posted on 03/06/2009 9:56:59 AM PST by GeronL (Will bankrupting America lead to socialism?)
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To: MeanWestTexan

Wasn’t he in the first Austin Powers movie?


25 posted on 03/06/2009 10:11:54 AM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________ Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: SunkenCiv

She turned me into a newt.


26 posted on 03/06/2009 10:12:47 AM PST by eCSMaster
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To: Cailleach

I’ll be a bit surprised if any further work is done on the remains, but my guess is, this person (girl, boy, man, woman) wasn’t killed and buried by a freelancer. :’)


27 posted on 03/06/2009 10:14:53 AM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________ Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: SunkenCiv

Where is that picture of Helen Thomas?


28 posted on 03/06/2009 10:15:02 AM PST by ZULU (Obamanation of Desolation is President. Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam.)
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To: dfwgator

Keep in mind that I didn’t attribute a quote. I just asked how much she weighed. I knew I could count on you all to get it.


29 posted on 03/06/2009 10:37:05 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Cailleach

It’s possible. That fellow in Arkansas cut off his own head.


30 posted on 03/06/2009 10:56:42 AM PST by ThanhPhero (di hanh huong den La Vang)
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To: Revolting cat!

I saw this movie once, I think...

31 posted on 03/06/2009 11:12:38 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Do you know the website number?" - VP Joe Biden)
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To: Cailleach
Are they trying to say that she “may have” cut off her own head?

"oh cut your own 'ead off..."


32 posted on 03/06/2009 11:15:52 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Do you know the website number?" - VP Joe Biden)
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To: MeanWestTexan

Don’t stick your head out of a moving ox-cart.


33 posted on 03/06/2009 11:16:23 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Do you know the website number?" - VP Joe Biden)
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To: SunkenCiv

Medieval honor killing?


34 posted on 03/06/2009 12:50:48 PM PST by kalee (01/20/13 The end of an error.... Obama even worse than Carter.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Perhaps she lost her head over some lad and was beside herself with grief when he married another.


35 posted on 03/06/2009 12:52:35 PM PST by marsh2
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To: eCSMaster

You got better


36 posted on 03/06/2009 1:33:01 PM PST by T Minus Four (Ashes on the head are for mourning. My God lives!)
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To: T Minus Four

Lucky him.

I’m still a salamander.


37 posted on 03/06/2009 4:25:02 PM PST by Salamander (Like acid and oil on a madman's face, reason tends to fly away.......)
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To: Salamander

:-)


38 posted on 03/07/2009 7:34:09 AM PST by T Minus Four (Ashes on the head are for mourning. Alleluia, my God lives!)
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