Swedish woman finds 80 skeletons packed in Ikea bags

Posted: 4:09 PM, Aug 01, 2014
Updated: 2014-08-01 16:21:35-04

SWEDEN (PIX11) — Human remains, possibly up to 500 years old, were found packaged in Ikea bags at a Swedish church on Thursday.

When Kicki Karlen discovered about 80 skeletons in blue Ikea bags, she was outraged.

She posted pictures of the bodies on her blog , saying “How would you feel if it was your grandmother or grandfather?”

Karlen claims parishioners told her the remains have been there since 2009.

According to The Local , a Swedish newspaper, it turns out the bones were dug up when the church was undergoing renovations for wheelchair access.

Ludvig Papmehl-Dufay, one of the archeologists who worked on the site, says the bodies may be up to 500 years old.

Papmehl-Dufay said their initial mission was to “document and rebury the bones,” but “reburial was delayed.”

He also told The Local the Ikea bags would “be great for stopping mold … but it can’t be that good to have them in the basement for so long.”

The bones are likely to go a secondary deposition site called “bone house,” which already has a collection of skulls and large bones.