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Notes on the Geography of Micronesia (Pohnpei): Pohnpei: Photo 23

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Here's the floor of the tomb. Need another dose of atmosphere? Here's Price in 1936 (p. 239): "Descending a moldy stone stairway beneath one of the stones we entered a half-dark crypt, frightening the bats. Large bones, skulls and jewels have been taken by former excavators, notably Kubary and Christian. But our efforts were rewarded by the discovery of fragments of shell axes, necklaces, bracelet, shell needles and fragments of bone."

Today you're not likely to find any souvenirs, assuming that's your grave-robbing inclination. The space is no longer as dark as it used to be, either. The Polish-Australian John Kubary, whom Price refers to, worked here in the 1870s and found the space useful as a dark room. He was apparently unaware that he was standing atop the first saudeleur's grave.

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