Swedes open coffin of 850-year-old king
2014-04-24 0:00

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.

[...]

Read the full article at: thelocal.se




Related Articles
VIKINGS: The Strangest Viking - Ivar the Boneless
VIKINGS: Secrets of the Viking Sword
Why King Tut’s DNA is fueling race wars
Vikings
Plans revealed to create Richard III genome
Mysterious Coffin Found At Richard III’s Burial Site Contains... A Second Coffin
3,300 year old Canaanite coffin discovered with signet ring of Seti I
Sculpted Face Peers Out from Ancient Coffin
One mummy – many coffins


Latest News from our Front Page

Netanyahu ‘spat in our face,’ White House officials said to say
2015-01-23 22:28
The White House’s outrage over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan to speak before Congress in March — a move he failed to coordinate with the administration — began to seep through the diplomatic cracks on Friday, with officials telling Haaretz the Israeli leader had “spat” in President Barack Obama’s face. “We thought we’ve seen everything,” the newspaper quoted an unnamed senior ...
The Return of the Protected Jewish Minority in Europe
2015-01-23 2:53
Contrary to the standard narratives of Jewish ‘history,’ a prominent feature of the historical presence of Jews in Europe has been their protected status. The common context for this status was a symbiotic relationship between the Jewish minority and exploitative or tyrannical elites. As agents of the feared elite, as foreigners, as exploiters in their own right, and with interests ...
Truth Revealed: McCain’s ‘Moderate Rebels’ in Syria ARE ISIS
2015-01-23 1:50
Poor John McCain and Lindsey Graham, Washington’s real first couple. They only want to arm the ‘moderate opposition’ in Syria. Three years on, how come their master plan isn’t working, while ISIS has grown so strong? Despite what media lauded as, “the largest demonstration in France’s history – bigger than liberation at the end of WWII!” (can you rightly compare the ...
European 'No-Go' Zones: Fact or Fiction?
2015-01-22 0:37
Comment: This is an interesting article about Muslim no-go Zones in Europe. However, keep in mind that the focus in this piece is not addressing the root of the problem, but a symptom of the problem. Yes, there is an issue with large Islamic colonies in Europe today, but the article mentions nothing about who has changed the immigration laws ...
A Radical Traditionalist Critique of the Anti-Islam Movement
2015-01-22 0:20
The terrorist attack against the staff at the magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris shook an entire continent. In a European climate in which protests against the perceived Islamization of our civilizational sphere becomes ever more widespread, showing in increased electoral success for moderate nationalist parties, as well as in expressions of mass public dissent, the recent resurgence of violent Islamic ...
More News »