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Old 22 March 2011, 04:09 PM
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Skull Bone pile in Cuba

Comment: This is supposedly a picture of an old postcard. Several have been
sold on ebay (possibly reprints). You can find the photo on numerous websites
by browsing: bone pile Cuban cemetery. It's suggested that Cuban cemeteries
rented graves, then disinterred the remains for reuse.

Can you unearth any info on this? A hoax? If you look closely, the pile
of skulls at the feet of the man on the right appears to be out of scale.

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Old 22 March 2011, 04:15 PM
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Here is someone's blog, with a different picture and an explanation:

http://gobslob.blogspot.com/2010/04/boneyard.html

*ETA: That blog, points to another blog with a thrird picture.
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Old 22 March 2011, 05:33 PM
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Alas, Poor Yorick. I knew him, Horatio.
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Certainly not all that unusual a practice (the disinterring after a set number of years). I believe many big city cemeteries, particular in Europe, have been doing this for a thousand years. Usually though, the bones are moved to less obvious location like a crypt.
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The photo looks like it is pretty old. Some of the men are dressed in fashions that were characteristic of the 1890s or early 1900s--more than a hundred years ago. And like it was mentioned the skulls seems out of porportion. Also, the living men seem a bit small in porportion to the bones.


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The photo looks like it is pretty old. Some of the men are dressed in fashions that were characteristic of the 1890s or early 1900s--more than a hundred years ago.

Barb Rainey
Beachlife's Link describes the photos as being from the 1890's.
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Old 27 March 2011, 08:41 PM
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Certainly not all that unusual a practice (the disinterring after a set number of years). I believe many big city cemeteries, particular in Europe, have been doing this for a thousand years. Usually though, the bones are moved to less obvious location like a crypt.
Or used as decoration.

But in any case, after a look at a few images from google, I uncovered more disturbing, Spain's Reconcentrado policy in Cuba

Damn, How did I not know about this?

They have several scans of stories apparently from the time frame.

Baltimore Sun 4-12-1898
Title: OUR CONSULS' REPORTS:Condition Of the Cuban Reconcentrados Graphically Described:PERISHED FOR LACK OF FOOD:Estimated That Several Hundred Thousand Have Died:
SubTitle: Consul-General Lee Reported that Women and Children Were Thrown Into The Ditches of Havana And Left To Perish Without Attention-Disease And Starvation In The Provences
Yeesh!

I think it is important to note, the date of the article I mentioned is right around the time of the Spanish American War. From Wikipedia it looks like McKinley "...asked Congress for authority to send American troops to Cuba to end the civil war there, knowing that Congress would force a war" only a day earlier.
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