Ashes to ashes – Cremation and its growing popularity

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Cremation, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is the “disposal of a dead person’s body by burning it to ashes, typically after a funeral ceremony”. It is the “combustion, vaporisation and oxidation of cadavers to basic chemical compounds, such as gases, ashes and mineral fragments” (Wikipedia).
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An introduction to the Magnificent Seven, London

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Here on Graveyard Junkies you might see us reference ‘The Magnificent Seven’ a lot. As both of us are from the UK and have at some point in our lives lived in London, it is not a foreign term to us but it may be for others. We’re not talking about the 1960s (or most recently 2016) Western films, but a group of Victorian cemeteries situated in the London boroughs.
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Walking with the Dead – An Archaeologist’s View of the Deceased

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Graveyard in Holy Trinity Church, Lambley, Nottinghamshire, UK. – Credit to James Wright

To celebrate his up coming talk at the London Fortean Society event ‘The Haunted Landscape: British Folklore, Ghosts and Magic’ this weekend, archaeologist James Wright has kindly written a post for us on what it’s like to work with the dead in a professional capacity.
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