Monthly Archives: July 2013

Burial space, part 5: Throckmorton

Another foot and mouth burial site was at Throckmorton. Unfortunately I have not been able to find a clear map of the burial region, so we’ll have to fall back on an analysis of grave volume again. Carcass Disposal: a … Continue reading

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Anomalies in the Leleko testimony

The testimony of Pavel Leleko (part 1, part 2) is not much used by holocaust historians, and for good reason. Nevertheless, a certain notorious controversial blogger has used it as a base from which to elaborate an entirely new conception … Continue reading

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Recovery of cremation remains from bodies of water

One theme of a previous post on cremation remains was that these remains are not difficult to find and identify in large quantity. This implies that the major excuse made for the paucity of physical evidence presented after the war … Continue reading

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Burial space, part 4: sheep burial pits

The article Atkins, J.W., & Brightling, A. (1985). The management of sheep burial pits. Australian Veterinary Journal, 62 (10), 347-348. gives another case study in mass burial. (It’s partially available here.) The trenches used were 3.5 meters deep. The authors … Continue reading

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Some stellar history from Richard Evans

From Richard Evans’ The Third Reich at War, p. 297 Who knew that the main constituent of zyklon-B is sulfuric acid? No wonder Leuchter and Rudolf didn’t find much cyanide in the gas chamber walls.

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Burial space, part 3: Great Orton

Great Orton was the first mass burial site built during the 2001 UK foot and mouth epidemic. As previously mentioned, it was built at a time when the authorities were desperate to find a way to deal with the huge … Continue reading

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Burial space, part 2: foot and mouth burial sites

The mass burial sites built in the UK during the 2001 foot and mouth epidemic offer us another example in which to look at burial density. The mass burial sites were build in an environment of extreme urgency, with the … Continue reading

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