Friday, July 29, 2011

Are you related to Gengis Khan

Archaeologists in Russia have unearthed what they say are remains of a nephew of the founder of the Mongol Empire, Gengis Khan.

The remains of Isunke Khan were discovered during excavation in Russia’s East Siberian region of Transbaikalia, which were earlier initiated by the Russian Far Eastern Federal University.

The remnants’ DNA testing is yet to be implemented but if DNA can be extracted it would be fantastic for people who believe are in the same family tree as Gengis Khan.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

UK's 'oldest' open-air cemetery discovered

Recent radiocarbon dating of two skulls found at a sand quarry in Greylake nature reserve near Middlezoy in 1928 revealed them to be 10,000 years old.


Monday, July 25, 2011

Mystery surrounds unmarked graves at Halifax navy cemetery

They are scattered throughout a small military cemetery in Halifax -- dozens of weathered headstones dating back more than a century, bearing the names of seamen and civilians associated with the Royal Navy.

The grave markers were meant to stand as enduring tokens of respect, but they also serve as a reminder of the many more men, women and children buried here whose names cannot be found on any memorial.

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Ryedale Windy Pits skeletons were 'sacrificial'

A new investigation has revealed that human skeletons discovered in caves on the North York Moors were likely to have been the victims of ritual sacrifice 2,000 years ago.

A forensic examination of their bones, for the BBC's History Cold Case series, has revealed evidence that at least one of them had been scalped.

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Ancient skeletons discovered in north Dublin

Workers laying pipes in Rush, north Dublin, have uncovered a previously unrecorded ancient burial ground. Historians believe the human remains could date back to the 9th century and belong to Vikings.

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Saturday, July 09, 2011

York mass grave skeletons were Civil War soldiers

Mass graves containing 113 male skeletons were unearthed just outside the city walls in 2008. It is thought the men had fought for the Parliamentarians during the siege of York in 1644. An investigation for the BBC series History Cold Case has concluded the men probably died from typhus fever.

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Thursday, July 07, 2011

Grave found beneath Barrie Ontario train station

Workers renovating an unused Barrie train station have discovered what may be a First Nations grave disturbed during the building’s 1905 construction.

On Monday, while digging in the crawlspace of the Allandale train station with a shovel and a rake, workers unearthed a small collection of bones buried just six inches down.

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Sunday, July 03, 2011

Dutch woman solves mystery of slain Canadian WW2 soldier

In an out-of-the-way spot in an old Dutch cemetery, there's a place that is forever New Brunswick. Anyone visiting the Gorinchem cemetery from this province could pick it out immediately: a small New Brunswick flag is there, and, at the base of the white headstone, a painted rock from McLaren's Beach in Saint John.

Buried in the grave is the body of Harold Magnusson, a 22-year-old from Saint John who was killed in 1944 in the operation immortalized in book and film as A Bridge Too Far.

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