Grave Bells and Safety Coffins

Episode 2,   Feb 20, 12:00 PM

It is said that premature burial was so prolific in the medieval and early modern period that bells (attached to the body buried below via a string) were used to alert someone that the recently buried were still alive. Some claim that this is where the terms "saved by the bell" and "dead ringer" came from...but is this true? What other means did we come up with to prevent something as scary as being accidentally buried alive?


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