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Dead woman kept frozen in Sweden for four years

The body of a 90-year-old woman who died four years ago has remained frozen since her death, as her distraught daughter refuses to have her buried before an autopsy can determine the cause of death.

“This is tragic for everyone involved. She’s fighting for something she belives in. At the same time her mother deserves being buried and finding peace,” said Tor Frylmark, Sundsvall’s Parish Dean, to local newspaper Dagbladet.

The frozen woman was ninety years old when she died in hospital, in Sundsvall, eastern Sweden.

Her daughter claims that no one tried to resuscitate her mother before her death, and that she was given the wrong kind of medicine during her last days alive.

However, doctors have refused to autopsy the woman as they claim it is clear that she died of a cardiac arrest and that there is nothing more that can be done.

The woman has remained frozen at a crematorium in Sköns parish in Sundsvall, pending further investigation.

Despite the woman reporting the story to several agencies, she has received no sympathy. The police have even shut down the case, stating that no criminal activity is suspected.

While Frylmark has contacted the daughter, insisting the parish has an “obligation” to bury the dead woman, her daughter continues to disagree.

“It didn’t go so well. It was a short conversation. She didn’t even want to discuss burial,” said Frylmark to the paper.

Local authorities decided to organize the burial of the dead 90-year-old, but the daughter appealed the decision to the county council, where the matter is currently resting.

According to Dagbladet, the woman has also taken the case to the European Court of Human Rights. She claims she will arrange a funeral after hearing the Court’s verdict, reports the paper.

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BURIAL

Swedish archeologist finds ancient mass grave in Egypt

A Swedish archeologist has discovered a 3,000-year-old mass grave at the Gebel el-Silsila site in southern Egypt.

Swedish archeologist finds ancient mass grave in Egypt
John Ward and the team with one of the sarcophogi. Photo: Gebel El Silsila Project
Maria Nilsson, Researcher in Classical Archeology at Lund University, told Sweden’s TT newswire that although her group had so far dug through less than half of the grave site, they had already found a large number of human remains. 
 
“It’s just skeleton after skeleton after skeleton,” she said. “We haven’t yet finished the first chamber, but we have so far taken up 50 adults and 25 children.” 
 
Nilsson and her British husband John Ward, who is the project’s Assistant Director, announced the discovery in a video after it was announced by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquity on Thursday. 
 

 
The group discovered the shaft last year, but only realised its full significance when they started digging this October. The shaft was found five metres under ground and leads to two chambers, each filled with water, sand and sludge. 
 
View to the south-east of chamber 1. Photo: Gebel el Silsila Project
 
The grave is thought to date from Egypt’s 18th dynasty, making it around 3,400 years old. As well as bodies, the archeologists have found burial goods, such as scarabs, amulets, and different types of pots, coming from three generations of pharoahs: Thutmosis II, III och Amenhotep II.
 
Writing in her blog, Nilsson, said that no similar mass grave had been found as part of the dig. 
 
“No other tomb documented at Gebel el-Silsila previously has contained such a high number of entombed individuals,” she wrote.
 
“One of the more important results of the discovery at Gebel el-Silsila is the amount of buried children and women, indicating that there was a complete society with entire families living and working in ancient Kheny.”
 
 
Men-Kheper-Re scarab. Photo: Anders Andersson
 
“What we can see from the burial goods and the actual architecture of the tomb is that they belonged to the upper middle-class,” Nilsson said. “For various reasons, we believe that they were involved in quarry work.” 
 
The archeologists have several theories for why so many bodies were collected in the same place. 
 
Perhaps it was a kind of temporary morgue where Egypt’s priests kept bodies while waiting for grave sites to become available. Perhaps there had been an epidemic.   
 
In February Maria Nilsson and John Ward are returning to Sweden, and will be returning to the burial place next autumn. 
 
View from the shaft into chamber.  Photo: Anders Andersson
 
 
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