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The graveyard of Pyramiden – 07th September 2017

I have to admit that I had never been to the graveyard of Pyramiden before. So it was definitely time for a visit. It is a bit outside of the settlement, in the middle of the river plain in Mimerdalen.  

Graveyards can be silent storytellers. They do not give us living people any details, but you can spend a lot of time with your own thoughts about what may have happened to those who came here to stay. It can be quite impressive, in a way.

At a closer look, you will find 43 graves. 31 epitaphs have got names. All of them but one have got the year of birth and death, respectively. These people here died between 1950 and 1988. There are five children amongst them, who died in the year they were born or in the year thereafter, in one case. All of them were born in the 1950s, just to leave the world again immediately. The others did not get very old either, most of them died between 20 and 40 years old. The average is 26.6 years.

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Four girls and women were laid to rest amongst all the men. Two of them are amongst those poor children who never got a chance to leave Pyramiden. One young woman died at the age of 18. What brought her to Pyramiden at that age? Why did she die? This place does not provide answers, just questions. Grim questions.

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