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Posted on 02/25/2007 9:49:23 PM PST by blam
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How long does someone have to be in the ground before it is ok to dig him up?
I've got a few in my family lines, who died in the 1750's, that were "dug up" by archaeology students at Wake Forest University, in the 80's. It was a "Strangers Cemetery" though; no one knew it was there at the time, the roads had changed, and the village was long ago abandoned. I guess the answer depends upon whether the grave site is tended to in any way. "Unknown' burial sites appear to be fair game.
I'm going to have myself embalmed, and in a plastic coffin of the kind they use to store nuclear waste. I'll have my fingers in the FU position, and a t-shirt that reads, Rest in Peace means Rest in Peace, you A**holes.
LOL, that'll be a shock a few centuries hence.
As far as my situation, I can't honestly say that it was Wake Forest's fault; the site was way back in the woods, and as I mentioned, no one knew it was there at the time. They were merely researching early Moravian settlements and doing archaological digs. But, there were a few remaining, legible headstones bearing names common in the area, and controversy should have been easy to predict. The aforementioned Moravians kept meticulous records, in German, of every single person buried there, in "choirs" segregated by married or single, male or female, in death as in life, so all the grave sites were eventually identified. It's now part of Bethabara Park, and entrance is restricted to descendants. The disturbed graves were never restored, though.
Who SAYS you can't take it with you....???
Where one is not likely to find any coconuts!
Depends. Does he have any cool stuff buried with him? I like cool stuff.
It depends on how much whites victimized your ancestors and/or your descendants.
Next thing you'll see it on Ebay claiming that they dug up King Arthur and it's the Holy Grail...
(or maybe not...)
Oh, those weren't buried there until just recently.
I think this could be a ancestor to the English royal family. Alfred the Great was from Wessex, but that doesn't mean that he wasn't related to this corpse.
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Mercia was the big 'un before the emergence of Wessex as the leader of the resistance against the (continued) invasion by the Danes. Alfred (the only English king known as "the Great") battled the Danes over the Danegeld extortion. Eventually Svein Forkbeard spent 20 years preparing an invasion force (some of the old barracks sites and such have been excavated) then died, leaving the task of the conquest to his son, Knut -- the eventual King Canute of England. That dynasty didn't take root.
Mercia's King Offa built an earthwork along his frontier with Wales, known as Offa's Dyke. Recent research has shown that a much smaller surviving work, Wat's Dyke in Wales, wasn't built in response, but in fact antedates Offa's by centuries.
But anyway, this guy, whatever the name, wasa pagan, so...
Give us back our bones, pagans tell museums
The Guardian | Monday February 5, 2007 | James Randerson
Posted on 02/06/2007 9:59:52 AM EST by SunkenCiv
Will you be hugging your big brass bowl?
I'll take a dump in it.
I thought pagans mostly did pyres instead of burials & when people were buried, they were buried with tools of their trade.
How do they know this guy wasn't a powerful priest?
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