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Thursday, 24 December 2009

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Nobody is buried here, either

Students of history have long puzzled over the question: 'Who is buried in Grant's tomb?'

A partial answer to the question was found in 1902, when Jubal Mullarkey determined that no-one was buried in Grant's tomb. Since the tomb is above ground, anyone inside cannot be considered to be buried.

Ulysses Grant was the 18th President of the United States, from 1869 to 1877, and died in 1885. Questions about where his body was buried have continued ever since.

After a great deal of digging, Upton Thurston of the University of Mudbury says he has found Grant's actual tomb.

'Unfortunately, this tomb -- located after years of effort -- is also above ground', he says. 'Therefore, no-one is buried in it.'

Accordingly, the mystery still remains unsolved.

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