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Spain: Archaeologist's team starts exhuming mass grave from Civil War era04:26

Spain: Archaeologist's team starts exhuming mass grave from Civil War era

Spain, Madrid
August 27, 2022 at 14:11 GMT +00:00 · Published

A team of archaeologists began exhuming a mass grave from the Spanish Civil War era in Madrid on Saturday in an attempt to find about 100 deceased in the area.

The archaeologists believe that as many as 108 civilians were executed around the area in 1939 by Franco's troops, however, only about 90 of them were buried at the parish cemetery of Colmenar Viejo, where the exhuming work is still undergoing.

Footage shows excavations amid a cemetery where an archaeological team of about a dozen persons were digging up soil and cataloguing and preserving found remains.

According to Secretary of Truth Commission of San Sebastian de Los Reyes Carmen Carreras, the team is working only on one of the two graves, where civilians were buried, due to economic difficulties.

Carreras added that those who were shot back in 1939 were mainly labourers belonging to workers' unions.

"They are all civilian victims, they were day labourers, working people and above all they were members of the UGT (General Workers Union) and the CNT (National Confederation of Labour) as trade unions and they were mainly communist and anarchist socialists and anarchists," she explained.

The task was led by the Asociacion Comisipn de la Verdad de San Sebastian de los Reyes and the Sociedad de Ciencias Aranzadi.

According to a list of names submitted by a victim platform to Judge Baltasar Garzon, over 143,000 people went missing during the Spanish Civil War between 1936-1939 and the subsequent dictatorship that lasted until 1975.

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A team of archaeologists began exhuming a mass grave from the Spanish Civil War era in Madrid on Saturday in an attempt to find about 100 deceased in the area.

The archaeologists believe that as many as 108 civilians were executed around the area in 1939 by Franco's troops, however, only about 90 of them were buried at the parish cemetery of Colmenar Viejo, where the exhuming work is still undergoing.

Footage shows excavations amid a cemetery where an archaeological team of about a dozen persons were digging up soil and cataloguing and preserving found remains.

According to Secretary of Truth Commission of San Sebastian de Los Reyes Carmen Carreras, the team is working only on one of the two graves, where civilians were buried, due to economic difficulties.

Carreras added that those who were shot back in 1939 were mainly labourers belonging to workers' unions.

"They are all civilian victims, they were day labourers, working people and above all they were members of the UGT (General Workers Union) and the CNT (National Confederation of Labour) as trade unions and they were mainly communist and anarchist socialists and anarchists," she explained.

The task was led by the Asociacion Comisipn de la Verdad de San Sebastian de los Reyes and the Sociedad de Ciencias Aranzadi.

According to a list of names submitted by a victim platform to Judge Baltasar Garzon, over 143,000 people went missing during the Spanish Civil War between 1936-1939 and the subsequent dictatorship that lasted until 1975.