Visitors paying respects to loved ones in a Dutch graveyard were left distressed after bits of human remains were spotted poking out of the soil.
The bones, including bits of spine, and even a set of dentures, were seemingly displaced in the wet earth after heavy storms hit the area.
Pictures were taken of gruesome specimens at the Essenhof cemetery in the Dutch city of Dordrecht where locals found the remains littering the soil.
Local media reports say one unlucky couple came across a set of dentures on the ground in a flower garden where blooms can be picked to put on the graves of loved ones.
Another ghoulish snap appears to show bone socket joint with a metal pin still sticking out of it.
A cemetery spokesperson admitted that “this should not have happened”.
Meanwhile, a female visitor to the cemetery said that she came across an bit of spinal disc in the soil.
Cemetery spokesperson Igle Weidenaar van Essenhof said workers also came across the human remains while inspecting the grounds after the storms.
He added that sand had been cleared from graves in other fields which was later stored in their soil depot before being added to the picking garden.
Van Essenhof said some remains apparently ended up in the depot, and had been missed as bone remnants are the same colour as wet clay.
He said: “After last week’s downpours, we checked the fields and attention was given to existing graves.
“Before we had the chance to inspect the picking garden, several visitors had already spotted some items. Unfortunately, they did not report it to us.”
Visitors also reported seeing broken tombs, but Van Essenhof said that “they are intended for reuse”.