If you were building a house and uncovered unmarked graves where your house was

United States
November 27, 2010 2:52pm CST
suppose to go what would you do? I believe in ghosts and in respecting the dead so i dont think i could just keep building my house and try to forget it.. but what are the alternatives? moving the bodies? if its unmarked you have no idea who they are and where they should go!! are their laws on this and what to do? even if they bodies were moved i dont think i would want my house there in fear they left one behind or just knowing that people were there in the first place!! what would you do?
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@marguicha (164327)
• Chile
27 Nov 10
THe remains have to be moved. I think that´s the law in my country. Not that I´ve heard of it happening. But I dont know how I would feel to have my house built over a cemetary. I don´t believe in "ghosts" but still... There must be other lots.
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• United States
11 Jan 11
im not sure what the laws are here.. i would feel bad having it disturbed and would probably just move if i could afford to.. but then again who would buy the land then?!?!
@mentalward (14693)
• United States
27 Nov 10
If you ever come across human remains, whether buried in unmarked graves or not, you should call the police. Chances are, it could be a crime scene. Even if it's not, I believe the police should be involved wherever human remains are found, even if they had been buried, and unmarked, 100 years ago or more. If the remains were buried legitimately, then you would have a pretty good lawsuit with whomever you bought the property from because the law states that the sellers must inform any potential buyers of any graves on the property before they buy it. I believe this law applies to every state here in the US. I'm not sure what the laws are in other countries. But, here, any grave MUST be marked or at least in a legitimate cemetery, where the location can be properly (and legally) noted. Yep, police should be involved. I'd want to have it out with the previous owners, too, especially if they were aware of this unmarked grave. I honestly believe that, if you do what is necessary and proper regarding the remains, if there were a ghost of this person hanging around, it would be able to move on since the mystery (?) of their burial has been uncovered. In other words, they could finally be at rest, assuming this was not a proper burial. Of course, that's only my opinion. I could be very, very wrong.
• United States
11 Jan 11
i would definitely go after who sold me it!! it would be horrible though if it was never decided who it was
@jillhill (37377)
• United States
27 Nov 10
I would definately check what the law said and also try to figure out who it was. We have a house across the street that has everything bad happen in it....and I still think it might be something that is buried there. On the shores of one of the lakes that surrounds our little city are Indian burial grounds..whose to say they didn't have others that we don't really know about..like under the neighbors house.
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• United States
11 Jan 11
i would be curious about that house too!! i swear my inlaws house is buried on one or on cursed land or something.. that house changes people and haunted by one pissed off ghost
@Junr55 (41)
• United States
27 Nov 10
First off, i feel that ghost do exist in the world and I would suggest that you not tamper with their gravesites seeing as how some ghosts are friendly and some are very mean. If I were you i would try to get your money back for whatever you bought on the land and move to another location. Its known in the paranormal world that with ghosts, their activity increases if you build on their grave sites. So yeah, I would suggest you move and find another place.
• United States
11 Jan 11
i wonder if there is legal action one could take in that situation if sold the land and not told what was on it even though they had already made the plans out..
27 Nov 10
No way I would I live on top of graves, I dont know what the law would be on moving the bodies but I still wouldnt want to live there even if they had be moved.
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• United States
11 Jan 11
i wouldnt either! i would not feel right in moving graves and disturbing bodies but i wouldnt wanna live next or on top of them either!
@Nadinest1 (2034)
• Canada
1 Dec 10
I would definitely move to another location...like I would have any other choice. There are laws stating that one cannot build on any kind of burial ground. I do not believe in ghosts....so that wouldn't bother me.
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• United States
11 Jan 11
yeah but i wonder if the laws would be that you cant build or if you had to move them?
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@cream97 (29151)
• United States
7 Jun 11
Yes, I also wonder about the laws of not being able to build a house if you had to move the unmarked graves.
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@cream97 (29151)
• United States
7 Jun 11
Hi. moonlitmagikchild. No, I would never live on an foundation marking of any uncovered mark graves. I will refuse to build my house on this sacred landmark. It is just too risky because even tampering with the graves can release something deadly and eerie, and that, I am not trying to find out about!
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• United States
18 Apr 12
i agree i couldnt live ontop of where graves used to be
@SViswan (12065)
• India
2 Dec 10
I'm not sure of the laws but I wouldn't build there either if there were graves. Apparently, the ancestral land where our home now stands earlier had a grave...or someone was murdered and buried there (cremation is the norm in our community). My grandmother wasn't aware of this before she bought the place. A couple of years back, we had a cleansing ritual...coz we didn't know what else we could do. My parents, aunts,uncles and cousins had already built their homes before they got to know of this.
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• United States
11 Jan 11
ugh that sucks that its been in the family this long knowing its over a grave
@gdesjardin (1921)
• United States
29 Nov 10
I honestly don't know what I would do...hummm. I hope I am never in that situation in the first place. You would think the city or someone would need to get involved in a situation like that. I would probably not want to build on something like that, however, who is to ever know what we live on to begin with right?
• Malaysia
28 Nov 10
Remind me of that horror movie called Poltergeist . Here the developers just built the house above the old graves. The spirits were angry and came out to haunt the new residents. So, in your case, better get out if you discover the grave. Cancel the sale and give the land back to its owner.
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• United States
11 Jan 11
yeah it reminds me of poltergeist too lol..
@sender621 (14933)
• United States
28 Nov 10
This would definirtely creep me out if i were building a house. i don't think that i could go on with my plans. Something about it would not feel right to me. it would be like digging up someone's grave.
• United States
11 Jan 11
me either.. if it was a huge piece of land i may build some where else.. far far away from it but if it was a small piece i think id have to move
• Canada
28 Nov 10
If they were unmarked, and their identities were unknown, I'd put up some kind of memorial stone on the lawn, and keep building. On the one hand, I believe that bodies are bodies, and that the soul has gone to heaven, and the body is no longer needed, but on the other hand, I believe that the identity of the person deserves to be respected, but since their identities would be unknown, I'd simply put up a stone in the yard, with a prayer for the souls of the remains I found. Moving might not always be practical.
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• United States
11 Jan 11
yeah with my luck id be too broke to move lol
• Philippines
28 Apr 12
I will just move to a different location. I would not build my house there in the first place. Before I build a house, I will research first about the history of the land so I know if it's a good location or not.
• Pakistan
28 Nov 10
nice