The Neolithic cemetery in the village of Stara Wieś in Silesia contained the remains of three people who were found lying on their right side with arms bent and curled up and their heads pointing to the East. But Romek Turakiewicz from the Archaeology Department at Raciborz Museum said: “It could be a mass grave and there could be more skeletons.”
Archaeologists closed in on a 20-square-metre site in a cemetery in the small town of Orneta by using local archival records and a hand-drawn burial plan. Religious objects including crucifixes and medallions helped them identify the victims.
The tombs are between 40 and 50 metres long, with the longer walls reinforced with wooden palisades, while the short eastern walls contained an entrance to a sort of tomb chapel.
Investigators are now trying to discover the identity of the person found in the highly decorated 19th century coffin.
Piotr Marczenia (bottom right) from Świebodzin in Western Poland began cleaning up the forgotten Evangelical cemetery in the nearby village of Podła Góra in 2015 after becoming fascinated with the lives of those who had lived in the place where his mother had been born.
The graveyard in Jampol is one of 130 Polish cemeteries currently undergoing restoration in Ukraine.
A pantheon of Poland’s greatest and a place of pilgrimage for Poles to give thanks to the achievements of earlier generations, it is estimated that over one million people have been buried in its sand and clay.
Flower sellers – who usually sell chrysanthemums for the 1 November holiday, which people lay on their relatives’ graves – found themselves in a tricky position after it was decided to close all cemeteries.
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said that cemeteries will be closed on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Sunday (November 1) marks All Saints' Day, when Poles traditionally visit the graves of their loved ones.
The ghoulish discovery was made at an old German cemetery in the village of Modliszów, in Lower Silesia, which was part of Germany before WWII.