Visit This Neglected Medieval Cemetery for the "Outcast Dead"

London's Cross Bones Graveyard dates back to the medieval era, and is the final resting place for some 15,000 paupers, prostitutes, and other "outcasts," including children and infants. Despite a colorfully decorated gate, the run-down lot hasn't been accessible to the public. That's about to change. » 1/07/15 10:40am 1/07/15 10:40am

8 Ways to Keep Body Snatchers from Stealing Your Corpse

If you died in the United Kingdom or North America during the 18th and 19th centuries, there was a risk that your corpse might be stolen from your grave and wind up beneath a medical student's scalpel. But if you had enough money—or very good friends—there were ways that you could try to avoid that fate. » 10/13/13 7:00am 10/13/13 7:00am

The Strangest Real-Life Graves in the World

When someone close to you dies, it's a very personal decision how to deal with their remains, and different people approach it in different ways. But few of us are as creative as the people behind these little-known burial sites. » 10/10/12 3:28pm 10/10/12 3:28pm

Ruphus E. Case wanted to be buried in his rocking chair facing his home state…

The Future of Graveyards

If there's anything that hasn't changed all that much over the years, it's graveyards. Dig a hole six feet deep, throw in the casket, erect a monument, and you're done. » 6/05/12 5:00pm 6/05/12 5:00pm

This ghostly hill in Lithuania is covered in 100,000 crosses

Twelve kilometers north of the Lithuanian town of Siauliai sits a historical hill fort that has become buried under tens of thousands of crosses. Over the centuries, this somber hill has accrued crosses from passing pilgrims. In more recent history, the site was a symbol of resistance against Russian (and later… » 3/14/12 6:30am 3/14/12 6:30am

Cairo's City of the Dead, a slum where 500,000 people live among tombs

Almost 20 million people live in the Cairo metropolitan area, and housing is tight, even in the suburbs. In a neighborhood known as al-Arafa, residents have moved into a necropolis dating back to 600 A.D. In this City of the Dead, there is limited electricity and sanitation, and the deceased take up residency among… » 1/11/12 9:10am 1/11/12 9:10am

The true story of the fellow who lived in his wife's tomb

When Jonathan Reed's wife, Mary, died in 1893, the widower didn't want to leave her side. In fact, he was so devoted he moved in to her tomb, where he lived (with a parrot) for over 10 years. » 6/19/11 7:40pm 6/19/11 7:40pm

Want to sucker overzealous developers? Build a fake graveyard

At least that seems to be the scam in China. Over at Asia Obscura, blogmaster Dean Pickles has reported seeing scattershot graveyards appearing on farmland throughout the Beijing suburbs. » 4/11/11 7:30am 4/11/11 7:30am