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Posted 01 December 2011 - 10:11 PM
In London there is a company called Necropolis who specialize in relocating graves from old churchyards and crypts. Some of the sites are dilapidated and other burial places need to be removed for redevelopment. There are several pictures in this film which show some of the amazing archaeological discoveries found during and grave clearance process. Usually a body will decompose quickly once buried, but very occasionally decomposition will be completely halted leading to mummification. This offers archaeologists a fascinating and important glimpse into the past and gives us a clearer picture of the lives of our ancestors, ie diseases that effected them, how well they were nourished etc. Many of the diseases that people used to die of such as smallpox, tuberculosis, cholera, typhoid to name but a few have since become obsolete in Britain, so great care must be taken when moving these bodies as it can be quite a dangerous and hazardous job, Also the original coffins are usually rotten so the human remains need to placed in a modern casket for transferal to the new burial site. Other pictures in this video are sad reminders of lives that have come and gone and of our own mortality..
A video I made about victorian post mortem photography. As photography was a new science in the mid 19th century many people didnt have pictures of their loved ones alive so when someone passed away the opportunity was very often taken to acquire a last image of them, before their face and physical presence was gone forever.
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Posted 18 December 2011 - 07:13 PM
The Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo (also Catacombe dei Cappuccini or Catacombs of the Capuchins) are burial catacombs in Palermo, Sicily, southern Italy. Today they provide a somewhat macabre tourist attraction as well as an extraordinary historical record.
Palermo's Capuchin monastery outgrew its original cemetery in the 16th century and monks began to excavate crypts below it. In 1599 they mummified one of their number, recently-dead brother Silvestro of Gubbio, and placed him into the catacombs.
The bodies were dehydrated on the racks of ceramic pipes in the catacombs and sometimes later washed with vinegar. Some of the bodies were embalmed and others enclosed in sealed glass cabinets. Monks were preserved with their everyday clothing and sometimes with ropes they had worn as a penance.
Originally the catacombs were intended only for the dead friars. However, in the following centuries it became a status symbol to be entombed into the Capuchin catacombs. In their wills, local luminaries would ask to be preserved in certain clothes, or even to have their clothes changed at regular intervals. Priests wore their clerical vestments, others were clothed according to the contemporary fashion. Relatives would visit to pray for the deceased and also to maintain the body in presentable condition.
The last friar interred into the catacombs was Brother Riccardo in 1871 but other famous people were still interred. The catacombs were officially closed in 1880 but tourists continued to visit. The last burials are from the 1920s. One of the very last to be interred was Rosalia Lombardo, then two years old, whose body is still remarkably intact, preserved with a procedure that was lost for decades, but was recently rediscovered. The embalming procedure, performed by Professor Alfredo Salafia, consisted of formalin to kill bacteria, alcohol to dry the body, glycerin to keep her from overdrying, salicylic acid to kill fungi, and the most important ingredient, zinc salts (zinc sulfate and zinc chloride) to give the body rigidity. The formula is 1 part glycerin, 1 part formalin saturated with both zinc sulfate and chloride, and 1 part of an alcohol solution saturated with salicylic acid.
The catacombs contain about 8000 mummies that line the walls. The halls are divided into categories: Men, Women, Virgins, Children, Priests, Monks, and Professionals. Some bodies are better preserved than others. Some are set in poses; for example, two children are sitting together in a rocking chair. The coffins were accessible to the families of the deceased so that on certain days the family could hold their hands and they could "join" their family in prayer.
Five part documentary on the catacombs in German but the video is worth a watch.
Posted 18 December 2011 - 07:19 PM
They are called the "Incorruptibles".
This is a three part documentary on some of them.
Posted 19 December 2011 - 12:36 AM
Posted 19 December 2011 - 12:48 AM
The Sedlec Ossuary (Czech: kostnice Sedlec) is a small Roman Catholic chapel, located beneath the Cemetery Church of All Saints (Czech: Hřbitovní kostel Všech Svatých) in Sedlec, a suburb of Kutná Hora in the Czech Republic. The ossuary is estimated to contain the skeletons of between 40,000 and 70,000 people, many of whom have had their bones artistically arranged to form decorations and furnishings for the chapel. The ossuary is among the most visited tourist attractions of the Czech Republic, attracting over 200 thousand visitors yearly.
Henry, the abbot of the Cistercian monastery in Sedlec, was sent to the Palestine (Holy Land) by King Otakar II of Bohemia in 1278. When he returned, he brought with him a small amount of earth he had removed from Golgotha and sprinkled it over the abbey cemetery. The word of this pious act soon spread and the cemetery in Sedlec became a desirable burial site throughout Central Europe. During the Black Death in the mid 14th century, and after the Hussite Wars in the early 15th century, many thousands were buried there and the cemetery had to be greatly enlarged.
Around 1400 a Gothic church was built in the center of the cemetery with a vaulted upper level and a lower chapel to be used as an ossuary for the mass graves unearthed during construction, or simply slated for demolition to make room for new burials. After 1511 the task of exhuming skeletons and stacking their bones in the chapel was, according to legend, given to a half-blind monk of the order.
Between 1703 and 1710 a new entrance was constructed to support the front wall, which was leaning outward, and the upper chapel was rebuilt. This work, in the Czech Baroque style, was designed by Jan Santini Aichel.
In 1870, František Rint, a woodcarver, was employed by the Schwarzenberg family to put the bone heaps into order. The macabre result of his effort speaks for itself. Four enormous bell-shaped mounds occupy the corners of the chapel. An enormous chandelier of bones, which contains at least one of every bone in the human body, hangs from the center of the nave with garlands of skulls draping the vault. Other works include piers and monstrances flanking the altar, a large Schwarzenberg coat-of-arms, and the signature of Rint, also executed in bone, on the wall near the entrance.
Posted 20 December 2011 - 03:35 AM
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Posted 20 December 2011 - 10:12 AM
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Posted 21 December 2011 - 01:41 AM
At some point, when it's so quiet out there, you get the feeling you are posting in a vacuum.
Glad to know someone else actually finds this stuff interesting.
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Posted 21 December 2011 - 11:10 PM
I haven't been posting much as I've been battling allergies. I think I finally might have a handle on them now though....I hope.
I know how you feel. Southern California killed my sinuses and I was stationed there for 7 years.
The worst was Holland in March through May. There were 100 year old Chestnut Trees outside the second floor windows of my office in an old Cavalry Barracks outside the City wall. I found out Blooming Chestnuts kill me.
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