Whats down there?

I was visiting my great grandparents grave at the family cemetery. While contemplating how he lived his life I was suddenly struck with a strange curiosity.

What's down there? If the grave was excavated what would still be down there?

Since he was a farmer who was not a big wage earner his coffin was probably made of wood with no vault. The coffin is rotted away by now so what if anything is down there?

I personally think that nothing is down there anymore. No bones or anything else. Perhaps a button or something like that.

What do you guys think? He's been dead for 105 years.

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  • I agree with the comment below. There's less oxidation so there would be some things left. The skull is probably there. The teeth for sure.

  • Depends on the soil type, water table, all kinds of variables. But most of the things that cause things to degrade are on the surface. Sun, water, animals, fungi, bacteria, you name it. I would bet most of the clothing is gone except for clasps, zippers, etc, and obviously all the flesh, organs, etc are gone. But I bet the bones are still all intact, and I bet most of the coffin is still there. Bones take a long time to decompose underground. Probably a broken board or two in the coffin and dirt streaming into it somewhere. But mostly there. Wood also takes a long time to decompose when it isn't on the surface.

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