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I was ambushed by goblins, and some merchants hanging around were killed. Then, I defined a burrow and ordered the dwarves inside. But now, I'm getting spammed by "Urist McUrist cancels Place Item in Tomb: Item inaccessible". I suppose they're trying to bury the dead merchants outside of their burrow. How can I get rid of that? Killing the crossbowmen isn't really an option as I have no military.

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You are not playing Minecraft. What game are you playing? – fredley Dec 25 '12 at 23:03
Oops, sorry. It's Dwarf Fortress. – Anna Dec 25 '12 at 23:11
Odd, the related questions still show minecraft questions for me. – Ids Dec 26 '12 at 15:41
@Ids - Hm, same here. Those must be set at question creation time. Anna, I have this problem all the time, with the few dwarves that get caught outside and killed before I manage to lock down the fortress. – SaintWacko Dec 26 '12 at 16:26
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Press d-b-f to activate area forbidding and draw a box around the dead merchants. This will forbid your dwarves from attempting jobs concerning the corpses, and will prevent the message spam.

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