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The Grave of Fet-Mats

Photographer: Albin Ponnert
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Fet-Mats Israelsson, a worker at the Falu Copper Mine, died in the mine 1677, but his body wasn’t found until 1719.

Miners found an intact dead body in a long-unused tunnel. When they brought the body to the surface, his former fiancée, Margaret Olsdotter, recognized him as Fet-Mats Israelsson, who had disappeared 42 years earlier.

In the open air the body dried up and turned hard as a rock. When the naturalist Carolus Linnaeus visited, he noticed that Fet-Mats was not petrified but just covered with vitriol. He stated that as soon as the vitriol would evaporate, the body would begin to decay.

The remnants of Fet-Mats was exhibited, buried, put on display again, until he was finally buried 1930 in the cementery nearby the church.

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wikipedia, fet-mats.se
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