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In These Stone Huts, Dying Members of a Vanished Village Met Their Fate

The Anatori Vaults are a number of square slate structures located in a remote area near the border of Chechnya that’s ripe with mysterious legends and folklore. The vaults are at the center of most of the stories, which is hardly surprising: They’re stacked with the bones of a now-vanished village’s dead.

According to one legend, when the Black Death spread to this region, the village of Anatori was hit hard and fast and couldn’t care for all its sick. Rather than infect their family and friends, those who fell ill took it upon themselves to perish in isolation.


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