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Here's an interesting burial practice going back to at least the 18th century and became rather obsolete by the end of the Victorian era- covering the graves of deceased loved ones within strong iron cages.
Why? To protect the world from a Victorian zombie apocalypse, or just to keep a vampire within his underground resting place, as some of the sites from which I found these images claim?
The answer isn't quite so supernatural. According to an article in the Columbia Historical and Genealogical Society's newsletter, these iron cages, known as mortsafes ("mort" being a French word for death") were intended to deter body snatchers from stealing the remains of the deceased. Not a bad idea in a time where human anatomy was still relatively unknown and the only bodies that were allowed to be dissected in many parts of the Western world were those of executed criminals.
Read the full article here- it's very informative and an enthralling read for anyone interested in the society of the 19th century or with a fascination for graveyards. The few mortsafes still standing are considered to be tourist attractions in Scotland.
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