Skeletal remains are put into a special pit in Greece
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Exhuming bones and moving them to a 'digestive pit'

A shortage of burial space in Greek cities means thousands of dead bodies have to be exhumed from graveyards every year.

The empty graves are then used for other people's funerals.

For those who can afford it, the bones of their loved ones are washed and stored in a wooden box held at an ossuary.

But for those who can't pay, the remains are washed and placed in a massive pit along with thousands of other skeletons.

You can hear more about this story on Crossing Continents on BBC Radio 4 on Thursday 26 November at 11:00 or watch Our World on BBC World News on Saturday 28 November.

  • 25 Nov 2015