AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL MOMENT – MORTALITY

FACE TO FACE WITH OUR MORTALITY – THE BONEHOUSE IN OPPENHEIM

This photo, taken with a 110 Pocket Camera towards the end of my European wanderings in 1979, shows part of the contents of the Beinhaus (Bone House) of the Michaelskapelle in Oppenheim, Germany. Because the town’s cemetery was woefully too small, between 1400 and 1750, after ten years of resting peacefully in consecrated ground, the deceased would be exhumed to make room for new occupants and their bones respectfully stacked and stored in the Beinhaus. It is estimated that the bones of some 20,000 individuals are stored here.

AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL MOMENT - MORTALITY

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