NJ7820 : Mort stone in Inverurie graveyard

near to Port Elphinstone, Aberdeenshire, Great Britain

Mort stone in Inverurie graveyard
Mort stone in Inverurie graveyard
Mortsafes were used to prevent corpses being stolen by bodysnatchers (resurrection men) for use in anatomy schools. The earliest mortsafes consisted simply of a large stone that was too heavy for the resurrection men to lift. The stone was placed on top of the coffin in the grave. Sometimes it was left permanently in place, in other cases it was dug up for reuse once the body had become corrupt and of no use to the anatomists. There is just such a stone lying in the graveyard at Inverurie only 16 miles from the University of Aberdeen and its anatomy school. The granite stone is around 6 feet in length and some 10 inches in depth and has been roughly chiselled into the shape of a coffin.
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Friday, 26 May, 2006   (more nearby)
Friday, 26 May, 2006
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