The reason they were buried is that there were then too few incinerators to destroy them. Those then available were working at full capacity. After 1991, more incinerators came on line.
But this map may have more significance than just recording where the bodies - with their heads but not their equally infected spinal cords removed - were buried.
It may also contain clues to the 17 cases recorded so far in Britain of people with the "new variant" of the fatal Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). Scientists are increasingly confident that the "new variant" CJD is caused by exposure to the BSE agent. What they are not sure of is exactly what form that exposure takes. The most likely form is through eating food made using the brains and spinal cords of BSE-infected cattle.
But it could be made more likely if the infectious BSE agent - thought to be a misshapen protein called a "prion" - is present in the water, by leaching from a landfill site into the local water table.
It is understood that scientists at the Government's CJD Surveillance Unit in Edinburgh have not yet seen the list of burial sites. But they are also thought not to have found any environmental link between the 17 victims so far.
It may be significant, though, that Stephen Churchill, who in May 1995 became the first Briton to die of the "new variant" CJD, lived in Devizes, Wiltshire, just a few miles from the largest of the dumps in Pewsey, where more than 1,000 BSE-infected cattle were buried from 1988 onwards. Other CJD victims grew up near sites which had been used for landfill - though the correlation is weak.
Last May, the independent advisory committee on BSE and CJD advised the Government that there was "little risk" that leakage from landfill sites presented any significant risk, and that there was "certainly no justification for taking heroic measures to excavate the sites".
However, some members of the advisory committee have said privately that any infectious material in the cattle could infect water supplies.
The scientific theories say that once the "prion" reaches the brain, it causes other normally-shaped prion proteins to become misshapen. This in turn leads to the death of the brain cells, causing the "holes" which give the dead brain a spongy appearance.
According to this theory, the greater the exposure to disease prions, the more likely somebody is to fall ill. If prions leached from the spine of an infected cow buried in a landfill site, and into the water supply, they might tip a person's intake of prions beyond a particular danger level, and trigger the disease.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the Environment Agency said last night that they were carrying out risk assessments of a set of the landfill sites used for the burials.
British landfill sites where suspected BSE carcasses were disposed of in 1988-91
Everleigh Tip, Everleigh, Pewsey, Wiltshire Closed
Stoney Hill Landfill, Horsehay, Telford, Shropshire Closed
Hill & Moor Landfill Site, Pershore, Hereford & Worcester
Wardle Landfill Site, Wardle, near Nantwich, Cheshire Closed
Arpley Landfill Site, Arpley, Warrington,Cheshire
Whites Pit, Arrowsmith Road, Poole, Dorset Closed
Attlebridge Landfill Site, Attlebridge, Norfolk
Welford Quarry Landfill Site, Welford, Northamptonshire
Hirnley Wood Landfill Site, Lower Gornal, Staffordshire
Jameson Rd Landfill Site, Fleetwood, Lancashire
Salt Ayre Landfill Site, Lancaster
Winterton Landfill Site, West Haulton, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire
Rock Cottage Landfill, Ripon, North Yorkshire Closed
Gamblethorpe Landfill Site, Newsam Green Road, Leeds Closed
Taddington Landfill Site, Kalton Hill Quarry,
Taddington, Derbyshire Closed
Crich Landfill Site, Crich, near Matlock, Derbyshire Closed
Gainsborough Lea Road, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire
Packington Landfill, Little Packington, Meriden, Warwickshire
Butchersfield Landfill Site, Rixton, Warrington, Cheshire
Blooming Heather, Broughton Moor, Cumbria Closed
Clifton Marsh, Freckleton, Lancashire
Rowley Landfill Site, Queen Park Road, Burnley, Lancashire
Lackford Hall Heath, Lackford, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
Bramford Landfill Site, Ipswich, Suffolk Closed
Ryton Landfill, Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Warwickshire Closed
Darrington Quarry, Darrington Leys, Knottingly, North Yorkshire
Mickleby Landfill, near Whitby, North Yorkshire
Stretton Sugwas, Worcester, Hereford and Worcester Closed
Whinney Hill, Accrington, Lancashire
Kirkby-on Bain, Tattershall Road, Leadenham,Lincolnshire
Leadenham Quarry, Porrergate Road, Leadenham
South Thoresby, near Alford, Lincolnshire Closed
Ingham, Thetford Road, Ingham, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk Closed
Searner Carr Landfill Site, Searner, North Yorkshire
Pluckley Landfill Site, Pluckley, Ashford , Kent Closed
Kenwick Landfill Site, Kennick Quarry, Louth, Lincolnshire
Barnstone Landfill Site, Works Lane, Lanham, Nottinghamshire
Jarvis Landfill Sit, Hawton, Newark, Nottinghamshire Closed
Dimmer Landfall Site, Castle Cary, Somerset Closed
Wetherden Landfill Site, Stowmarket, Suffolk
Acton Landfill Site, Bears Pit, Sudbury, Suffolk Closed
Beddington Landfill Site, Lewes, East Sussex
Nantycaws Refuse Tip, Carmarthen
Castletown Tip, Castletown, Thurso, Caithness
Middleton Fors, Thurso
Holiday Moss, Rainford, Merseyside
Morley Greasework Site, Dewsbury Road, Leeds Closed
Nettleton, Woods Hill, Nettleton, Lincolnshire Closed
Stainby, Crabtree Road, Stainby, Grantham, Lincolnshire
Slippery Gowt, Wyberton, Boston, Lincolnshire
North Forr, Crieff, Perthshire Closed
Bryn Posteg Landfill Site, Llandidloes, Powys
Stoneyfield, Invergordon, Ross & Cromarty
Burton Farm Landfill Site, Bishopton, Stratford-on-Avon Closed
Lower Spen Valley, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire
Sugden End Landfill, Crossroads, Keighley, West Yorkshire
Shropps Landfill Site, Wheatley, Halifax, West Yorkshire Closed
Wilson Road Landfill Site, Lowmoor, Bradford, West Yorkshire ClosedReuse content