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Mortsafe - Protection From The Dead

Mortsafes were contraptions designed to protect graves from disturbance. Resurrectionists had supplied the schools of anatomy in Scotland since the early 18th century. This was due to the necessity for medical students to learn anatomy by attending dissections of human subjects, which was frustrated by the very limited allowance of dead bodies – for example the corpses of executed criminals – granted by the government, which controlled the supply.
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29 Nov 2013 12:03:00
A voodoo believer, dressed as "Gede", a spirit of voodoo, sits on the cross of Baron Samdi during celebrations at the cemetery of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, November 1, 2016. (Photo by Andres Martinez Casares/Reuters)

A voodoo believer, dressed as "Gede", a spirit of voodoo, sits on the cross of Baron Samdi during celebrations at the cemetery of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, November 1, 2016. Voodoo believers and devotees offer candles, alcohol and food. The Day of the Dead is celebrated on the first two days of November during All Saints and All Souls Day. (Photo by Andres Martinez Casares/Reuters)
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02 Nov 2016 12:23:00
Actors wrapped in blankets react at the set of the post-apocalyptic movie Zombie Era at an abandoned factory complex in Langfang, Hebei province, China December 16, 2016. (Photo by Damir Sagolj/Reuters)

Actors wrapped in blankets react at the set of the post-apocalyptic movie “Zombie Era” at an abandoned factory complex in Langfang, Hebei province, China December 16, 2016. (Photo by Damir Sagolj/Reuters)
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07 Jan 2017 13:49:00
City Of The Dead In Dargavs, North Ossetia

Dargavs is a small necropolis outside the village of Dargavs in North Ossetia-Alania. It comprises 99 different tombs and crypts. It is often called city of the dead. Some sources say the oldest of the crypts dates back to the 12th century, though others say the oldest crypt dates back to 14th century and some say it dates to the 16th century. At the back of the complex there is a tower, though the top of it is destroyed.
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11 Oct 2014 10:41:00
Dead fish are pictured on the banks of the Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro February 24, 2015.  International Olympic Committee members meeting in Rio de Janeiro this week will understand if its waters are not completely clean for the sailing events in 2016, the state's governor said on Monday. (Photo by Ricardo Moraes/Reuters)

Dead fish are pictured on the banks of the Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro February 24, 2015. International Olympic Committee members meeting in Rio de Janeiro this week will understand if its waters are not completely clean for the sailing events in 2016, the state's governor said on Monday. (Photo by Ricardo Moraes/Reuters)
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01 Mar 2015 00:23:00
Performers participate in the Day of the Dead parade on Mexico City's main Reforma Avenue, Saturday, October 28, 2017. (Photo by Eduardo Verdugo/AP Photo)

Performers participate in the Day of the Dead parade on Mexico City's main Reforma Avenue, Saturday, October 28, 2017. Mexico's capital is holding its Day of the Dead parade, an idea actually born out of the imagination of a scriptwriter for the James Bond movie “Spectre”. (Photo by Eduardo Verdugo/AP Photo)
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29 Oct 2017 08:24:00
Executive producer Dave Alpert attends the season five premiere of “The Walking Dead” at AMC Universal Citywalk on Thursday, October 2, 2014, in Universal City, Calif. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision for AMC/AP Images)

Executive producer Dave Alpert attends the season five premiere of “The Walking Dead” at AMC Universal Citywalk on Thursday, October 2, 2014, in Universal City, Calif. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision for AMC/AP Images)
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03 Oct 2014 11:48:00
Two women jump into a frozen pond as they compete in the Polar Plunge at Frozen Dead Guy Days in Nederland, Colorado March 14, 2015. (Photo by Rick Wilking/Reuters)

Two women jump into a frozen pond as they compete in the Polar Plunge at Frozen Dead Guy Days in Nederland, Colorado March 14, 2015. The winter festival in the small mountain town commemorates the 1994 discovery of the corpse of Bredo Morstol, which is now housed in a shed on dry ice above the town. (Photo by Rick Wilking/Reuters)
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16 Mar 2015 10:37:00