“Vandalized christian grave at Kodaira cemetery. The wooden cross was put on fire with lighter fuel.” Image via.
In Lake O’ the Pines, Texas, relic hunters are digging up Caddo Indian burial sites to find prized ceramics, according to Knight Ridden.
A similar problem happened in Hanover County, Virginia, where police are investigating whether the remains of Civil War soldiers were removed from their graves and stripped of valuable artifacts.
People also want the land
Also in Hanover County, an unmarked cemetery of about 150 slaves was recently dug up to make way for housing construction, according to WRIC-TV in Richmond, Virginia.
And a Jewish cemetery in Chicago may be the future home of condos. The owner of the Jewish Graceland Cemetery Co. is trying to sell the land, complete with graves, for $2.25 million, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Lost records lead to lost ancestors
In Cincinnati, a Civil War-era cemetery may become the site of a construction company’s office building.
Sadly, these are just a few recent examples of grave invasions. To learn more and do something about the problem, visit Saving Graves, a group “strongly committed to the preservation and protection of human burial sites from unauthorized and unwarranted disturbance, by man or nature.”