Thursday, July 19, 2007

Speaking of Austria...

To follow up on my Austrian slideshow below, I thought I'd pass along a few more pictures. These come from Hallstatt, a lakeside town in the Salzkammergut below one of the largest glaciers in Austria (the Dachstein) where scientists have found evidence of salt-mining as long as 7000 years ago. Since the town is built into the side of a mountain (of salt and limestone) and is bounded by a lake, there isn't enough room in the cemetery to bury all of the dead.

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So they exhume the graves of those interred for at least 15 to 20 years and then preserve their skulls and femurs in a crypt.

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They paint the family name as well as some design on each skull to identify it.

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By the way, despite the creepy skull chapel, Hallstatt is perhaps the cutest town on earth.

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