Vienna Cemetery Now Offers Lego, And You Can Recreate Funerals

This is the ghoulish LEGO set featuring a crematorium furnace and coffin designed to make “the topic of death approachable for children”. Continue reading »

“Don’t Think About The End At The End”: Weird Advertising For An Orthodox Cemetery

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Some weird advertising for the “Saint Michael Orthodox Christian Cemetery“. Advertising for cemetery is something you don’t see everyday, if on top of that it their’re weird… Continue reading »

Japan’s High-Tech Cemetery Uses Electronic ID Cards To Identify The Dead

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Space is rare in Japan, making city planners come up with innovative ways to cram as much as possible into small spaces. This is even true with graveyard plots, which cost as much as $100,000 apiece, so architect Kiyoshi Takeyama created a neat solution for storing the dead. Continue reading »

What a Dick: The Porniest Grave in Paris’s Père Lachaise Cemetery

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The Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris receives hundreds of thousands of visitors every year, some who simply walk the beautiful grounds indiscriminately, others on single-minded pilgrimages to visit the tombs of great historical figures like Maria Callas, Marcel Proust or… Jim Morrison. Continue reading »

Cemetery Overcrowding Around the World

“Cemetery overcrowding is an issue that resonates around the world, particularly in its most cramped cities and among religions that forbid or discourage cremation. The reality of relying on finite land resources to cope with the endless stream of the dying has brought about creative solutions. One space-saving option is to put graves on top of each other, separated by a concrete divider, and have a shared headstone. This is common among couples and even whole families. A second option is stacking the dead above ground into niches built into walls, a bit like in a morgue, but adorned with headstones. A third, revolutionary option is to be buried in a building where each floor resembles a traditional cemetery. Cemetery towers have been proposed for Paris and Mumbai. In Mexico City, there is another big project in the works: the Tower for the Dead, which will combine a vertical necropolis and an 820-foot-deep (250-meter-deep) subterranean complex. Currently in Mexico City, families are forced to exhume and remove their relatives’ remains after a period of years. Unclaimed remains may be reburied as unmarked loose bones beneath the fresh grave, or piled with others on exposed altars”. – The Associated Press

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In this September 17, 2014 photo, relatives watch as the body of a mother and sister is exhumed to free up space for a new burial, at a nearly-full San Isidro cemetery in northern Mexico City. The woman’s body was to be reburied in her husband’s grave in a different area. With cemeteries rapidly reaching capacity in one of the world’s biggest cities, families are forced to exhume and remove their relative’s remains after a period of several years. Remains unclaimed by relatives may be reburied as unmarked loose bones beneath the fresh grave, or piled with others on exposed altars. (Photo by Rebecca Blackwell/AP Photo)
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Treasure-Laden Viking Cemetery Discovered in Poland

A mysterious burial ground dated to the late 10th and early 11th centuries A.D. has been discovered in a recent archaeological excavation in Poland. Located in the small village of Bodzia in central Poland, the site was excavated from 2007 through 2009 by archaeologists from the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

The discovery is the most recent in a series of excavations of funeral sites in Polish lands dated from the end of the 10th to the middle of the 11th century and connected to the presence of migrants, mostly from Scandinavia. Apart from the graves, the burial grounds contain rich grave goods comprising weapons, high-quality jewellery, ornaments, coins, amulets and many other finds.

Chamber grave E864 with the richly equipped burial of a young warrior. (S. Gronek) Continue reading »

Photo of the Day: Solar Panels at Cemetery of Santa Coloma de Gramenet

Solar panels at cemetary? Yes. Santa Coloma de Gramenet is a suburb of Barcelona, Spain.
Photo: Reuters.