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The Soulton Long Barrow

The Soulton Long Barrow: Shropshire

Situated within the Shropshire Landscape close to Wem, and Shrewsbury is the Soulton Long Barrow. This is the third Long Barrow to be built in the UK in the last couple of Millenia, Lovingly replicated and handcrafted the longs barrow sits with nature and is an absolutely beautiful way to inter a loved one ashes.…

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The False Tsar who had his ashes shot out of a cannon!

  This is a great little story from northern europe from the early 17th century, during the Polish–Muscovite War (1605–1618) The incident is set in the conflict or series of conflicts that involved  the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth taking an opportunistic swipe at the Russians when the Russian Tsardom was torn into a series of civil wars. As with many civil…

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What do these Greeks have in common…

People who commit suicide, untoothed children and persons struck by lightning? The answer: they were not allowed to be cremated. It would appear that in pre christian times cremation was the standard form of funeral and that as christianity took hold, a distinction between the old and the new must be established and  previous practises were considered…

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Stonehenge ancient cremation ashes burial site

The wonderful and enigmatic Stonehenge. One of the most famous prehistoric sites in the world. And guess what? It was a crematoria – It’s official. Well sort of, but it was certainly a post cremation grave for the ashes of VIPs, forensic archaeologists have been examining more than 50,000 cremated bone fragments, from 63 individuals…

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Scattering ashes tradition – Is it Norse?

  Many cultures that use cremation instead of burial will scatter the ashes, but cremation is a ‘fairly’ new phenomena in the modern western society and scattering ashes, particularly in the UK, is even more recent. I was wondering where the western origins of the tradition might lie. So far I have come across one…

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Scattering Ashes – Welsh Historic Sites

Good news for those from Wales and lovers of welsh historic sites, Cadw the organisation that looks after 130 historic welsh sites have a policy and a procedure – as follows: Written requests (by letter or email – please see details below) to be made to Cadw, with basic information including which site the family/friends wish to carry out the…

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