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CATEGORY: Burials
After 400 Years, Investigators Find Remains of Cervantes, Don Quixote’s Creator
March 19, 2015

A team of Spanish researchers believes it has found the long-lost remains of Miguel de Cervantes, author of “Don Quixote,” beneath a Madrid convent. Read More

Ancient Mortuary That Boiled, Defleshed Corpses Unearthed
February 26, 2015

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

Egyptian Cemetery May Contain a Million Mummies
December 19, 2014

According to archaeologists, a cemetery in central Egypt may contain 1 million mummified human bodies, making it the largest necropolis ever found. Read More

Amphipolis Tomb May Belong to Alexander the Great’s Mother
September 25, 2014

A pair of caryatids--or pillars made of sculpted female figures--found at the massive Greek burial complex may hint at the identity of the tomb’s occupant. Read More

700-Year-Old Skeletons Found Holding Hands
September 22, 2014

Archeologists excavating the Chapel of St. Morrell in England have uncovered a pair of skeletons that have been holding hands for the past 700 years. Read More

Tomb Dating From the Time of Alexander the Great Found in Northern Greece
August 14, 2014

The Greek government has announced that an “extremely important” tomb has been found in northern Greece, sparking speculation about who may be buried inside. Read More

The Struggle to Bring WWII Veterans Home
March 26, 2014

Recent cases have highlighted the difficulties facing families of U.S. servicemen killed in World War II and buried as “unknowns” thousands of miles from home. Read More

Unknown Pharaoh’s Remains Identified in Egypt
January 23, 2014

The remains of a previously unidentified pharaoh dating back some 3,600 years provides valuable new evidence of a forgotten Egyptian dynasty. Read More

Digging Up the Dead: History’s Most Famous Exhumations
November 14, 2013

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

Green-Wood Cemetery: A Victorian-Era Icon Turns 175
May 13, 2013

One of America’s first “rural” cemeteries has been welcoming New Yorkers since 1838. Read More