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England…Jersey minister proposes freeze drying dead bodies……


A scheme to allow Jersey people to have their bodies freeze dried upon death has been proposed by the island’s environment minister.

Deputy Rob Duhamel said the initiative would be more environmentally friendly than cremation or burial.

The process involves freezing a corpse with liquid nitrogen, then vibrating it to reduce the body to powder.

Deputy Duhamel said he would ask the States to legalise the scheme, which would allow for burial in woodland.

He believes that this would be possible, as the powdered body would eventually turn to soil.

“I think it’s absolutely fantastic and represents the best way out of all the methods of being buried,” he said.

“A lot more people are wanting a woodland burial as opposed to a cemetery.”

Woodland burials are currently not allowed in Jersey, due to fears of contamination from metal contained in people’s bodies.

Mr Duhamel said that any metal would be removed at the end of the process.

Freezing would also stop any emissions of noxious fumes in cremation.

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England….Iron Age bronze helmet found on Canterbury farmland


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A rare Iron Age helmet unearthed by a metal detector enthusiast on farmland near Canterbury has been described as a significant find by the British Museum.

The bronze helmet was found with bone fragments, and had been used to hold human remains after a cremation, Canterbury Archaeological Trust said.

The finder contacted archaeologists because he was confident he had made a significant discovery, the trust said.

University of Kent experts have found it dates back to the 1st Century BC.

Andrew Richardson, finds manager at the trust, said the person who found the helmet wanted to remain anonymous
A brooch that would have fastened a bag holding the cremated bone was also unearthed, he said.

Julia Farley, Iron Age curator at the British Museum, said it was one of a handful of Iron Age helmets found in Britain.

She said it was not unusual to bury cremated remains in a bag fastened with a brooch in late Iron Age Kent.

But she said: “No other cremation has ever been found accompanied by a helmet.”
She added: “The owner of this helmet, or the people who placed it in the grave, may have lived through the very beginning of the story of Roman Britain.”

Dr Steven Willis, senior lecturer in archaeology at the University of Kent, said laser-scanning technology had been used to analyse the helmet and establish details of its manufacture, decoration and use.

He said: “The secrets of this helmet are only just beginning to emerge but we will know much more as the work progresses.”

Dr Willis also said more or less intact helmets of the era were very rare finds.

He said one was known of in Belgium that had also been used as a cremation container.

The objects have been registered as treasure, reported to the coroner, and will remain at the British Museum, the university said.

But academics said it was hoped Canterbury Museum would be able to acquire the finds so they could be permanently displayed in Kent.

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