November 8, 2012 7:36 PM Subscribe
How long could a skeleton survive buried in the Northeast United States?
posted by oinopaponton to science & nature (5 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm writing a piece of fiction, set in the present day, that ideally will involve the discovery and study of the skeletal remains of several bodies buried in shallow graves (with no coffins and no embalming) in New England in the late 17th century. I know that much older skeletons have been found in drier parts of the world, but could human bones last that long in rainy, acidic New England? I'm looking for regionally-specific answers only.