From burial sites targeted by grave robbers to disposing of ashes at sea, the job of disposing of the unclaimed dead has a rich history. Sadly, it still goes on today and is on the rise.
Funerals, as we know them, will regrettably but necessarily be another of our social rituals that must radically alter in the short-term.
With space in our cemeteries running out, we could bury the dead in new forest developments that would bring green space to our urban areas.
In remote Northern Territory, most Aboriginal people have been buried in unmarked graves. Archaelogists are carrying out painstaking detective work to help communities find their loved ones' remains.
New research has rubbished perceptions of Roman Britain as a region inhabited solely by white Europeans.
If no one claims the remains of cult leader and killer Charles Manson, it's unclear what will happen to his body. Will it find an anonymous California grave or face dissection in an anatomy lab?
Torcs found in the Staffordshire hills can reveal a lot about Iron Age society.
Most big city cemeteries in Australia date back to the 1800s, so we need to consider our burial options before we reach the point when the number of deaths exceeds the available cemetery plots.
Thankfully, defleshing bones has fallen out of fashion.