Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Bawdy bones

Local author Kicki Karlén was exploring the Kläckeberga church in southern Sweden when she was outraged at the site of several Ikea bags full of human remains and merely covered with a tarp. She learned from the parish that the bones were found beneath the floorboards in 2008 when they were renovating the church to provide wheelchair access. Archaeologist Ludvig Papmehl-Dufay, who was on the excavation team, says that they represent about 80 individuals, consist mainly of skulls and long bones, and may be as old as 500 years. He has no idea why reburial on church grounds was never carried out, but says that the storage method – while it may be disrespectful – is not harmful to the remains. Karlén is bringing attention to the issue and, as an erotic novelist, just may feature them in her next book. She confesses, "You know, I just might put them in. I have to say I'm tempted."

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