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Spain's Killing Fields: dig unearths dozens of Civil War era dead

 Reuters 10 October 2019

There are more than 2,000 mass burial sites estimated to lie across Spain dating from the 1936 to 1939 civil war and the ensuing dictatorship of General Francisco Franco. Eighty years after the start of the conflict, authorities are finally backing efforts to recuperate some of the more than 100,000 victims forcibly 'disappeared' during that time. In city of Valladolid, the council has paid for excavation work to start uncovering graves archaeologists believe conceal more than 1,000 men and women. (550 Words) - By Sonya Dowsett

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Julio del Olmo, archaeologist member of the Association for the Recovery of Historical Memory of Valladolid, digs to open one of the three mass graves that contain in total the remains of around 200 bodies.Credit: REUTERS/Juan Medina

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Aida Rodriguez, biologist member of the Association for the Recovery of Historical Memory of Valladolid exhumes one of the three mass graves that contain the remains of around 200 bodies believed to have been killed by Spain's late dictator Francisco Franco's forces during the civil war, at El Carmen's cemetery in Valladolid.Credit: REUTERS/Juan Medina


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