Swedes open coffin of 850-year-old king
2014 04 24

From: The Local



Scientists pried open the 850-year-old casket of King Erik the Holy on Wednesday, hoping to find out more about the king, his crown, and his eating habits.

"This was a very special occasion, especially considering the importance of Saint Erik religiously in Sweden," Uppsala Cathedral Chaplain Lars Åstrand told The Local.

The casket contained the bones of King Erik, who was later made a saint, together with a gilded copper crown decorated with semi-precious stones.

"The crown is unique - there’s nothing as old as this of its kind in Sweden. It’s certainly the oldest medieval royal crown in the country," Åstrand said.

The chaplain was also on hand when the casket was last opened in 2000, but Wednesday marks the first time scientists will carry out tests on the remains.

Among the bones was a small pouch containing what is believed to be the king’s collarbone, which Åstrand said has clear evidence of a sword strike.

"Legend has it the bone damage was a fatal blow from when he was killed on ascension in 1160. Others think he was taken captive and beheaded a week later. Either way, the sword hit his collarbone, and the marking is quite visible," he explained.

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