Swedish woman finds 80 skeletons packed in Ikea bags

Posted at 4:09 PM, Aug 01, 2014
and last 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.