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Category: Burials

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Baby Found Hidden in Coffin of Mummified Swedish Bishop

A CT scan has revealed the tiny body of a premature baby tucked under the feet of a Lutheran bishop’s 336-year-old mummified remains.

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Golden Ornaments Decorate Tomb of Ming Dynasty Duchess

A five-century-old tomb found underneath a construction site in Nanjing, China, was the final resting place of a Ming Dynasty duchess.

Remains found at the Khonkho Wankane site. (Credit: Scott C. Smith)

Ancient Mortuary That Boiled, Defleshed Corpses Unearthed

Archaeologists have discovered an ancient mortuary complex used to ritually strip human corpses of their flesh near Bolivia’s Lake Titicaca.

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Digging Up the Dead: History’s Most Famous Exhumations

As Brazil disinters the remains of its former president to investigate claims he was murdered, explore 10 of history’s most famous exhumations.

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Seven Decades After World War II, the Search for Germany’s War Dead Continues

A new cemetery in Russia will be the final resting place of 70,000 Wehrmacht soldiers killed on the Eastern Front.

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The Battle for Jim Thorpe’s Body

As America celebrates the 125th anniversary of Jim Thorpe’s birth, a judge has ordered his remains to be moved to his native Oklahoma.

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Man’s Best (and Oldest) Friend

New studies involving prehistoric dogs are enabling scientists to form important conclusions about the history of humans and their most devoted companions.

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Parking Lot Remains Confirmed to Belong to Richard III

DNA testing has confirmed that the remains found last fall under a parking lot in the English city of Leicester are those of Richard III, the last Plantagenet king of England.

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Tomb of Ancient Egyptian Princess Unearthed

Archaeologists have discovered the court and tomb of a previously unknown ancient Egyptian princess who lived some 4,500 years ago.

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King Richard III’s Body Found Under Parking Lot?

Archaeologists searching for the lost grave of King Richard III might have unearthed his remains in the English city of Leicester.

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Missing World War II Ace Located After 71 Years

British researchers have found the final resting place of Derek Allen, a Royal Air Force pilot who went missing in 1940.

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Human Skulls Mounted on Stakes Found at Stone Age Burial Site

Excavations in Sweden revealed 8,000-year-old skulls impaled with stakes that might have been battle trophies or part of a complex burial ritual.