Unattended Ikea Bags At Swedish Church Contain Remains Of 80 People

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

The remains of nearly 80 people were discovered in Ikea bags that were left unattended at a Swedish church.

When parishoner Kicki Karlén looked into the bags at Kläckeberga church she found skulls and bones, some of them up to 500 years old.

The bones were dug up in 2009 when the church was renovated and left in bags covered with tarpaulin ever since.

Karlén was furious when she realized the church was responsible.

“How would you feel if it was your grandmother or grandfather?” Karlén asked.

Ludvig Papmehl-Dufay, an archaeologist who helped exhume the remains, confirmed that the bones were dug up five years ago. He said he has “no idea why” the church hasn’t reburied them yet.

"The plan was to rebury them as soon as possible, but that's up to the church," Papmehl-Dufay told The Local. "The county board said they couldn't leave church ground, and it became complicated."

But Papmehl-Dufay says the Ikea bags are a good choice for storing the bones.

“It's not standard practice, definitely not for archaeologists, but the Ikea bags aren't actually that bad,” he added. “They'd be great for stopping the molding process. But it can't be that good to have them in the basement for so long.”

Sources: The Independent, The Local

Image credit: Flickr Creative Commons / Gilly, Berlin