Boys walk past unclaimed human skulls and skeletons inside a common grave at a cemetery in Las Pinas, Metro Manila. All Souls’ Day in the Philippines, known as Araw ng mga Patay - and All Saints’ Day are the two most important days in the Filipino calender. There are at least 100 burials held here every week. According to a cemetery worker, the unclaimed skulls and skeletons are placed in a common grave after their ‘lease’ is finished to make way for more graves.
Skull showing sword-blade trauma, 190319th Century Collection, National Museum of Health and Medicine, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, D.C.
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Polish and Ukrainian scientists have unearthed a mass grave containing up to 1,000 victims of Stalinist terror in a castle once used as a secret police prison.
Among the victims in the grave were Polish soldiers. The Polish press has already called the find a “new Katyn” in reference to a massacre of thousands of Poles by Stalin in 1940, which still clouds Polish-Russian relations.
The grave was found in the grounds of the Kazimierz the Great castle in the town of Volodymyr-Volynsky in western Ukraine, close to the Polish border.
Although the 11th-century castle served as a base for Stalin’s infamous NKVD from 1939-56, scientists say the victims were killed between 1940 and 1941. Read more.
this makes me so very happy
Three scientists yesterday lost their bid to prevent burial of two 9000-year-old human skeletons claimed by the Kumeyaay people of southern California. The 9th circuit federal court in San Francisco ruled against university professors who filed suit in 2012 to halt the repatriation in order to…
Ash just told me that i should do a “vulture ice bucket challenge” and tip maceration water over myself.
Only for enough money that I would never have to work again for a single day in my life! Even then I would hesitate. I’ve only emptied maceration water once and it is something I never want to experience again.
Yeah, no. Sometimes I don’t wear gloves when I empty maceration buckets and the contents get on my hands. The smell lingers for a few days if not a week.
one time, I didn’t remove the tongue on this goat head I was working on (I was soaking it to soften up the rest of the flesh) in the basement, and that… was a mistake
Reid Wiseman is a national treasure.
please respect feminine non binary people.
please respect androgynous non binary people.
please respect masculine non binary people.
please always remember non binary people don’t have to dress in anyway to prove their gender identity to you.
college is catered towards the able bodied and able minded. school applauds people who can stay up all night, skip meals, and work endlessly. that kind of extreme contribution is expected. why are disabled people being squeezed out of academic institutions? why should I feel inferior because of some arbitrary and ridiculous standard?
this is the realest fuckin shit i’ve read all night
twelve hours before my first class, too