Top 10 Shocking Shallow Grave Discoveries

More often than not, what lies in a shallow grave tells the nightmare of someone’s dreadful ending. Although we can’t know the details of each person’s life, we can piece together how that life ended.

Not every tragedy is the same, of course, and the following 10 stories reveal just that. From unearthing an entire municipality to unmasking psychotic mass murderers, such horrid discoveries lend a voice to the forgotten victims while demonstrating the cruel and deranged world in which we live.

Mass Extermination

In 2005, forensic experts in Guatemala

 were called after archaeologists discovered a mass grave among the ruins of the ancient Mayan city of Cancuen. As many as 50 skeletons were discovered—victims of murder who were tortured and dismembered for the sole purpose of exterminating the entire municipality.

The grisly massacre occurred around AD 800 when Cancuen was invaded. The conquerors rounded up the masses. Then the Mayan citizens were hacked to death, bludgeoned, or decapitated by the thrusts of lances and the blows of axes.

Be it men, women, or children, the vicious mutilations were indiscriminate and no life was spared. Even the king and queen suffered the same fate. Most of the bodies were interred in shallow graves.

After the palace and monuments were methodically destroyed, the city of Cancuen was abandoned. Interestingly enough, the unidentified victors took the trouble to bury the dead in their finest robes and adornments, a sign of respect for a civilization they hard-heartedly left in ruins.[1]

9 Remains Of The Past

In the mountains of Dublin sit the remains of the Hellfire Club, an infamous 18th-century establishment built from the stones of an ancient tomb. As the legend goes, the construction of the building in 1725 required the demolition of a tomb which was believed to be an ancient passageway.

The destruction was said to have “enraged a demon that blew the wooden roof off the original building.” Nonetheless, the notorious establishment became home to young aristocrats famously described as blasphemers, bacchanalians, and monsters.

The assembly of egotistical nobles would partake in nonstop drinking sessions late into the night and practice black mass rituals. Black cats were said to have been slaughtered by priests for their misconstrued ceremonial beliefs. At one point, there were stories of the sacrifice of a dwarf with a huge head.

Though it’s true that such tales are often nothing more than local folklore, a discovery in 1971 resurrects questions about the validity of the legend. That year, while plumbing work was being done on the premises, a shallow grave was found. It contained the skeletal remains of a dwarf along with a brass figurine depicting “a horned and tailed devil thumbing its nose.”[2]

The legend continues.