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Subject: Re: [APG] Burial position
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2009 16:28:14 EDT
In einer eMail vom 19.07.2009 22:09:54 Westeuropäische Normalzeit schreibt
When I was a child I was told you are supposed to be buried facing east.
Thus we knew where the head was when placing flowers on Memorial Day. Since
this discussion began I have gone over all the burials and cemeteries I am
familiar with [all but two in the same county and within 6 or 8 miles of
each other]. All my ancestors for the last nearly 200 years are buried
and all of them are facing east.
Well, my wife and I bought an old house first mentioned 1655 (actually, we
couldn't find an older one :-). Two years later I did some digging in the
garden to get rid of the roots of a fallen tree. I discovered a Roman
landhause right beneath our front yard. Archeologists came and excavations were
We located three bodies burried around 950 AD in the ruins of the former
Roman landhouse. They all lay on their back, feet in the West, head in the
East, thus facing the East. Their hands were not folded, indicating the
burials were before 1100 AD. We found a better date through radio carbon dating
stating 950 AD plus-minus 50 years.
I was told by the archeologists that had been Christian burials because of
the positions of the bodies in the ground.
My website has the story but in German:
Roland Geiger, St. Wendel, Germany