Grave Robber (greyv-rob-er)
-noun: One who plunders valuables from tombs or graves or who steals corpses after burial, as for illicit dissection. Generally considered a not very nice thing to do.
Forget the dictionary description, grave robbing is a perfectly acceptable behavior nowadays. I have recently taken up the hobby after coming across the book Grave Robbing For Dummies in a local shop. There is a wealth of information here for both the novice and experienced body snatcher.
- Michelangelo was known to steal corpses to study anatomy. Leonardo da Vinci did as well.
- A common nickname for a grave robber is 'Ghoul'.
- Folding camp shovels, while convenient to carry, are seldom sturdy enough for proper grave digging. And don't forget a crowbar to pry off those coffin lids.
Since I am eager to get others into this fun family activity, I have located a lost grave in the woods and provided the coordinates here so you can give it a try!
Oh, wait. Groundspeak does not allow any type of cache that requires digging, so unfortunately you will have to refrain from actually exhuming this corpse. Leave the shovel at home, but do feel free to stop by and grab whatever comes to hand.
Parking coordinates are provided. From the lot, take Pent Trail in. There will be a decision to make at Trail Marker 19. Selecting the wrong approach can radically change the Terrain Rating on this hide, so be ready for some course changes and scrambling if you choose incorrectly. The Kid Friendly Attribute is added because younger cachers will (hopefully) enjoy the container. Note the terrain rating, above comments, and your child’s capabilities before taking very young kids to this location, however. Please respect this beautiful preserve, and consider making a donation to The Nature Conservancy. In addition, a trail map can be downloaded here.