Visiting interesting corners of the internet in pursuit of macabre research for the Periodic Table of Death: Calcium and Lovers’ Graves
My newsletter is published once a month on the 9th. One of the features is a short, well-referenced article that takes a periodic table element and finds true past and contemporary ‘history’ on how that element either kills us humans or is related to murder and death. This month, the element is calcium and skeletal remains, but not just ANY skeletal remains–the ancient bones of people entwined in the grave.
You might not think that too many of these graves exist, but they do. What’s fascinating about that is that most are ancient burials and they aren’t something that are easy to find because they’re, well, ancient and exceedingly rare. These graves can be thousands of years old. Some date back to when archeologists believe the first burial customs were being developed.
Now, a little about these lovers. Some of the couples face each other, some spoon, arms tucked around what was once a waist, some hold hands, some have entwined limbs. One has a skeletal hand cup the cheek of their companion’s skull, tenderness and love in a pose from the grave. Another’s skull rests on the boney shoulder of her husband.
All are tender and sad, and we have no idea what their true stories are. This allows the imagination to soar.
Does this pique your interest? Do you want to know more? How about a list of the elements and titles of past Periodic Table of Death articles:
Carbon (C), Memento Mori, and Memory Diamonds. Create a diamond keepsake made from the ashes of your loved one. Or you pet.
Chromium (Cr), the movie Erin Brockovich, Hinkley, California, and the fight with Pacific, Gas and Electric to pay for the cancer and sickness of soil and water contaminated by Chromium.
Helium (He), homicide, or maybe suicide(?) and balloons that carry away the gun.
Hydrogen (H), the Hindenburg, and the only death on the ground from the explosion and fire.
Iron (Fe) and the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald. There’s this AMAZING song by Gordon Lightfoot…
Lithium (Li) which is actually the Periodic Table of Life, because natural lithium in drinking water statistically DECREASES crime(!)
Nitrogen (N) Don’t drink it in liquid form! It’s really, really cold and can (will) mess up your insides.
Silver (Ag) and French werewolves in the mid 1700s. French werewolves. Not kidding. You have to read this to believe it. Even then.
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There are a lot more periodic table elements that can kill you. It makes for fascinating research.