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A Family's Challenge of a 'Natural Burial'

You'll need proper permits, and dry ice

(Newser) - When Jake Seniuk of Washington state died of cancer, his wishes were clear: He wanted a simple, natural burial in keeping with the way he lived his life. His family not only complied but worked with Seniuk to plan the particulars before he died, writes Katie Herzog at Grist . But... More »

How Villagers Buried Bodies to Ward Off 'Demons'

Experts revisit case of skeletons buried with sickles

(Newser) - Want to keep a demon-skeleton from haunting your rural settlement? Just bury it with a sickle at its throat. That's what researchers are saying about four skeletons from the 17th and 18th centuries found buried with iron sickles around their necks in a Polish cemetery, Discovery reports. Writing in... More »

Fear of Zombies Stretches Back to Ancient Greece

In some cases, stones were placed on dead to keep them from roaming

(Newser) - The walking dead roamed ancient imaginations long before they found their way to your television , and the concept was far less fringe in ancient times. So say researchers inspecting 2,905 burials at the Greek colony of Kamarina in southeastern Sicily. Writing in the journal Popular Archaeology , University of Pittsburgh... More »

Court: Coroners Don't Have to Return Bodies With All Their Parts

Parents buried son, learned of brain in a jar months later

(Newser) - Families who bury loved ones whose body has been looked at by a medical examiner may not be burying their whole bodies. And New York's highest court ruled yesterday that it's OK. The unusual case involves the death of 17-year-old Jesse Shipley of New York City in a... More »

Arlington Refuses to Bury Soldier in Black Hawk Crash

Thomas Florich's father hopes for an exception to active-duty rules

(Newser) - Arlington National Cemetery says a Louisiana National Guardsman who was killed in a helicopter crash in the Gulf of Mexico can't be buried at the hallowed grounds because he was killed during a training exercise. The burial plots are only for service members who die on active duty and... More »

Why Ancient People Cut Flesh Off the Dead

Researchers find telling cut marks on prehistoric bones

(Newser) - Farmers living in Italy thousands of years ago had a special relationship with their dead that involved "defleshing" the bones and leaving them in a murky cave, according to a recent study . Researchers gleaned this by looking at bones from 22 Neolithic humans discovered in Scaloria Cave on Italy'... More »

Paris Gunman Buried in Unmarked Grave

Said Kouachi is buried in Reims over mayor's objections

(Newser) - City officials in Reims say one of the terrorists responsible for attacks last week that killed 17 people was buried in the eastern French city over their objections and despite concerns that the grave could become a shrine for extremists. Said Kouachi, the elder of the two brothers who gunned... More »

The Issues With Burying the French Terrorists in France

French law allows local burials, but officials don't want fanatics visiting graves

(Newser) - It's been a week since French gunmen Cherif Kouachi, Said Kouachi, and Amedy Coulibaly were killed , but their bodies remain unburied, probably somewhere in a Paris morgue, the New York Times reports. French law allows for local burial, though an official family request must be made to the mayor... More »

'This Is Not How We Wanted to Welcome You to Israel'

4 victims of Paris terror attack buried in Jerusalem

(Newser) - "I am Charlie, I am Jewish, I am Israeli, I am French, I'm fed up." This was just one of the signs visible at a Jerusalem cemetery this morning as Israelis gathered to mourn four French Jews killed in last week's Paris terror attacks, the New ... More »

Buried Face-Down, 'Witch Girl' Stumps Italy

13-year-old was apparently ostracized, but buried in privileged area

(Newser) - A 13-year-old girl apparently died peacefully, but the recent discovery of her undated remains in Italy is raising eyebrows. She was buried face-down—a sign that the person was in some way feared or rejected—and she's being dubbed the "witch girl" as a result. "The prone... More »

Men Move Family Ashes, Are Charged With Abusing Corpse

'We just thought we had a right': Kevin Lewis

(Newser) - Kevin Lewis thought it was no big deal when he and a couple of relatives unearthed the ashes of his father and brother in Standish, Maine, and reburied them about 10 miles down the road in Limington. "We just thought we had a right," Lewis tells the Portland ... More »

Casey Kasem to Be Buried ... in Norway

Wife sending body to Oslo for burial over kids' objections

(Newser) - It looks like Casey Kasem will finally be laid to rest , though in a head-scratcher of a location—Norway. A newspaper there reports that wife Jean Kasem is shipping the DJ's remains to Oslo for burial, according to the Hollywood Reporter and the BBC . Does Kasem have Norwegian roots?... More »

Cemetery Refuses to Bury Gay Veteran With Wife

Because Idaho state law forbids gay marriage

(Newser) - A Navy veteran in Idaho wants to be interred with her late wife, but a cemetery said no—although it does inter and bury opposite-sex spouses with veterans, Yahoo reports. Madelynn Taylor, 74, asked the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery if their ashes could be placed together, but the cemetery said... More »

Charred Remains May Rewrite Ancient History

Bronze Age find includes fur, possibly from extinct bear

(Newser) - A rare 4,000-year-old find may rewrite Bronze Age history and prove that ancient peoples were hipper than we thought, the Guardian reports. Archaeologists have dug up a box on a British moor that includes a small person's charred remains and many burial items—including 34 tin studs and... More »

Biker Buried on His Harley

Family of Billy Standley honors his wish

(Newser) - Billy Standley went out of this world the way he wanted—atop his Harley. The Dayton Daily News reports that Standley's family honored the 82-year-old's wish to be buried sitting on his beloved Electra Glide motorcycle. His sons built the see-through Plexiglas casket—because why go out on... More »

France Seeks a Rarity: A Woman for Its Pantheon

Only 2 of 73 buried there are female

(Newser) - France's Pantheon, completed in 1790, seeks to honor the country's "great men"—but the powers that be agree that the next great man probably should be a woman. Since the Pantheon's creation, only 73 people have been interred there. Only two of those are women,... More »

I Carried Oswald's Casket

Mike Cochran recalls getting the scoop as AP's Fort Worth reporter

(Newser) - With only a mother, brother, widow, and two young daughters as mourners at a Fort Worth, Texas, burial in November 1963, the task of carrying the casket fell to the only others in attendance: a handful of reporters, including the AP's Mike Cochran. "Fifty years later, I remain... More »

Man Finally Agrees to Dig Wife's Body Up From Yard

But after 4 years, the fight still may not be over

(Newser) - An Alabama man who has been fighting local government since 2009 for the right to keep his wife's grave in his front yard has finally backed down: He has said he will dig up her body and have it cremated, so long as he can put the ashes back... More »

In New York, Pet Owners Can Now Be Buried With Pets

State puts new rules into place

(Newser) - Make room, Fido. New regulations will allow New York animal lovers to spend eternity with their pets. The only catch: Pet cemeteries can only bury pet owners' ashes as long as they don't charge a fee for it and don't advertise human burial services. New York's Division... More »

Richard III Had Unpleasant Burial

King was given no death shroud, may have been bound

(Newser) - If you thought being found buried under a parking lot was about as unroyal as it could get for King Richard III, think again. In a paper published this week in Antiquity , researchers describe his body as being buried in haste, crammed into a too-small grave that was roughly dug... More »

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