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Guy Steals Skeletons to 'Get Back' at Sheriff's Deputy

Martin Sholl wanted some recognition for his find

(Newser) - A diver who felt he didn't get his fair share of the credit for discovering two fake skeletons sitting in lawn chairs at the bottom of the Colorado River has removed them from their watery grave. Martin Sholl says he spotted the skeletons, adorned in sunglasses, flip-flops, a bikini... More »

Workers at Westminster Make Medieval Find Under Pipes

Remains of at least 50 people in abbey thought to be from 11th, 12th centuries

(Newser) - Workers demolishing a section of Westminster Abbey to make room for a new tower stumbled upon something most unexpected (at least in that part of the abbey): the remains of at least 50 people, including the skeleton of a 3-year-old, that archaeologists believe date back to the 11th and 12th... More »

Couple Admits Planting Goofy Skeletons in River

Sheriff's office is laughing about it, so no charges will follow

(Newser) - A Phoenix couple has claimed responsibility for putting two fake skeletons sitting in lawn chairs in the Colorado River in far west Arizona. Today's News-Herald reports the husband and wife approached the La Paz County Sheriff's Office earlier this week a little apprehensively and brought a photo as... More »

Skeleton 'Tea Party' Found in Colorado River

Thankfully the skeletons are plastic

(Newser) - A man snorkeling in the Colorado River received quite the fright on Monday when he spotted what he thought were human remains about 40 feet below the surface near the Arizona-California border. With a little investigating, however, a diver with the Buckskin Fire Department uncovered a scene much more comical... More »

Skeletons Under Railroad Could Tell Us About Plague

London excavation to unearth thousands of bones with possible bubonic clues

(Newser) - They came from every parish of London, and from all walks of life, and ended up in a burial ground called Bedlam. Now scientists hope these centuries-old skeletons can reveal new information about how long-ago Londoners lived—and about the bubonic plague that often killed them. Archaeologists announced yesterday that... More »

5 Ancient Skeletons Found in Shackles

Child's remains among those discovered at Roman site

(Newser) - Investigating an ancient Roman burial site in southwest France, researchers came upon a creepy find: Five skeletons—one of them a child's—were stuck in shackles, the Independent reports. Iron chains were locked around the ankles of three of the skeletons, while another had shackles on its neck. The... More »

Skeletons Holding Hands for 700 Years

Ancient remains found at burial site in England

(Newser) - Archaeologists in England digging at a 14th-century burial site made an unexpected discovery: A couple buried together holding hands had remained that way all this time, reports ABC News . The man and woman were found at the site of an ancient chapel in Hallaton, along with nine other skeletons, reports... More »

Woman Finds 80 Skeletons Crammed Into Ikea Bags

Gruesome discovery made in Swedish church

(Newser) - Centuries-old skeletons should probably be 6 feet under—not overflowing out of blue Ikea bags and shoved under a tarp in a Scandinavian church. But that's exactly what Kicki Karlén says she recently found at the Kläckeberga church in Sweden. "There were loads of skulls and... More »

'Bone Sleuth' Clyde Snow Dead at 86

The forensic anthropologist identified skeletons far and wide

(Newser) - Clyde Snow, an upbeat chainsmoker who spent his life probing skeletons for their secrets—including proof they had been brutally murdered—died Friday at the age of 86, the New York Times reports. The causes were emphysema and cancer, his wife said. Officially a forensic anthropologist, Snow traveled far and... More »

Skeletons Reveal Black Death Secrets

Victims led hard lives before dying, scientists say

(Newser) - Skeletons dug up in London last year are indeed the remains of people who died from the Black Plague—and who suffered a tough life before falling ill, the BBC reports. Forensic analysis shows that teeth taken from at least four of the 12 corpses discovered during excavation for a... More »

Archaeologists Find 16 Severed Hands in Egypt

Discovery seems to confirm an ancient ritual

(Newser) - Archaeologists digging up an ancient palace in Egypt uncovered a grisly stash of 16 severed human hands. The bones, dating back around 3,600 years, all belonged to right hands, and they were buried in four pits inside the palace, once home to King Khayan, a Hyksos ruler. The chopped-off... More »

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