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Female Shaman Buried in Strangely Elaborate Grave

Many others were buried nearby, but this woman was treated differently

(Newser) - The 4-foot-9 woman may have been diminutive in height, but the manner in which the 40-something was buried suggests a sizeable social stature. Since researchers discovered her 12,000-year-old grave in Israel in 2005, a team has been piecing together the story behind a woman they are calling a "... More »

Bone-Filled Burial Vaults Discovered in New York City

'You never know what you can find beneath the city's streets'

(Newser) - Workers were just trying to fix an old water main this week in New York's Greenwich Village and ended up with their hands full of old bones instead, Newsday reports. According to WPIX-TV , workers found the roofs of two burial vaults less than 4 feet below the street. The... More »

Mummified Remains Found in Indiana

The head and torso could be 2K years old

(Newser) - Workers exploring the site of an intended quarry in rural Indiana stumbled upon a mummified body that experts say could be anywhere from 500 to 2,000 years old, the Times of Northwest Indiana reports. "They could distinguish a head and a torso," says a local sheriff. "... 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 »

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 »

Ancient Burial Site Reveals 4K-Year-Old Chariots

Also inside: gold artifacts, potential human sacrifices

(Newser) - A dig at a 4,000-year-old burial site in the country of Georgia has turned up a pair of wooden chariots along with human remains, possibly from sacrifices, LiveScience reports. The 39-foot-high Early Bronze Age mound is known as a kurgan and would have been the resting place of a... More »

Living Fight to Visit Island Filled With NYC's Dead

A look at NYC's Potter's Field

(Newser) - It's been years since a journalist has been permitted to set foot on New York's Potter's Field, where nearly a million poor and unwanted people have been buried since 1869, one aside and atop the next, in plain caskets loaded into football field-length trenches. That is until... More »

Richard III Had a Posh Neighbor Under Parking Lot

Lead coffin found, a century older than nearby king's plot

(Newser) - Who knew a British parking lot would be the archaeological gift that keeps on giving? Investigators at the Leicester site where Richard III's bones were found last year have uncovered an adjacent grave with all the splendor that the king's plot lacked . The mystery neighbor—whose feet are... More »

Tamerlan Tsarnaev Buried

Suspected Boston marathon bomber buried at undisclosed location

(Newser) - A final resting place has been found for Tamerlan Tsarnaev, but authorities haven't said where it is. A funeral home official tells the Boston Globe that the suspected Boston marathon bomber was buried somewhere outside Massachusetts, at a location approved by Tsarnaev's uncle, who has been representing the... More »

Conn. Man: You Can Bury Tsarnaev Next to My Mom

She taught him 'love thine enemy'

(Newser) - Has a grave finally been found for the body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev? A Connecticut man has offered up the burial plot next to his mother, Valley News reports. "I am willing to donate a burial plot next to my mother in Mt. Carmel Burying Ground to the Tsarnaev family... More »

In Greece, Graves Are Only for Rent

After that you have to watch while they dig up your relatives

(Newser) - If you’re looking forward to resting in peace someday, try not to kick it in Greece. The country is so drastically short on cemetery space that by law the dead may only rent graves, and then for a maximum of three years, reports Alex Mar of Slate , whose grandparents... More »

Jackson's Body Will Head to Celeb-Stacked LA Mausoleum

Final funeral will be family, friends only

(Newser) - Michael Jackson will be entombed in a Los Angeles-area mausoleum that’s the final Neverland of many other celebrities, the New York Post reports. The Holly Terrace section of the Great Mausoleum is reputedly the most secure section of Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale. The same chamber hosts the... More »

Scientists Sniff Out Ancient Stash of Pot

2 lbs. of green plant material found in 2700 year-old grave

(Newser) - Scientists excavating a grave in China’s Gobi desert have found what they believe is the world’s oldest marijuana stash, reports Discovery News. Two pounds of still-green plant material were found in a 2,700-year-old grave belonging to a Caucasian man researchers believe may have been a shaman. More »

Vikings Recast as Cultured Fashionistas

(Newser) - Vikings were just as interested in preening and handicrafts as they were in war and pillaging, the Telegraph reports. In a bid to educate youngsters who could well have Viking ancestry, British researchers are trying to change the popular view of the Norse explorers. "It seems that the Vikings... More »

1,300-Year-Old Mummy Found in Peru

Lima tomb pre-dates Incas

(Newser) - Archaeologists have discovered an ancient mummy in a tomb from a culture that flourished in Peru before the Incas. A complete female mummy, along with the remains of two other adults and a child, have been found in the Wari burial site in a residential district of Lima, Reuters reports.... More »

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