Rabaul Chinese Cemetery by bobfoto

Rabaul Chinese Cemetery

Chapter 89.

Decided to go over to old Rabaul Town and check out the excavation of the old Chinese Cemetery. After several eruptions in the past 80 years and especially the big one in 1994, the old cemetery under the caldera of Tavuvur is well, getting covered in ash.

So an exhumation has been called for to re-raise the headstones.

The bodies which once were 6ft under in some cases were 15ft under. This was one of the deepest.

to be continued.
Great capture and story. We can't really under estimate the power of nature;)
November 6th, 2013  
The monochrome-feel adds to the atmosphere of this shot! A really story-teling picture!
November 6th, 2013  
Interesting capture and info!!
November 6th, 2013  
@snowflakes86 @agentzuckerguss @carolmw - I was quite impressed with the size of the undertaking and they've naturally dug up some interesting problems along their way.
November 6th, 2013  
So the ground is all ash based now! Very hard to grow anything there. These stones would have historical value!
November 6th, 2013  
Hmmm...and interesting activity. I wonder if the occupants really care
November 6th, 2013  
Fascinating cemetery photo and story. I would love to see this place. In the USA, thousands of Chinese immigrated to work on building railroads and mining. The death rate was appalling, and after a couple of years the survivors dug up the bones in many cemeteries and shipped them back to China. I have found Chinese graveyards in ghost towns that had a row of open graves being slowly reclaimed by nature.
November 7th, 2013  
@maggiemae - with some organic material, it is quite a healthy dirt.

@swilde - their family do.

@rvwalker - might see if there is room for a wider shot...
November 7th, 2013  
Interesting shot ... just checking it out Jason?? :)
November 7th, 2013  
@redpants - yeah... someone mentioned it at lunch yesterday, so I thought I'd go see the excavation. Few questions were asked at breakfast today.
November 7th, 2013  
very interesting. cool shot and info.
November 7th, 2013  
@colie - Thanks Colie.
November 8th, 2013  
That is so interesting. The families will be pleased I assume.
December 4th, 2013  
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