1.31.2014

Charlemagne's bones are (probably) real ...

After much research, archaeologists have confirmed that the bones in the tomb of Charlemagne - a re-used Roman sarcophagus - are of a tall, old man and so ... Not inconsistent with historical accounts of his life, and so ... probably his.

I've blogged before about one of the Merovingian queens at St Denis, but outside Egyptology the actual remains of very few historical big-wigs' remains have survived so this is big news.

http://m.thelocal.de//20140131/charlemagne-bones-proven-genuine-1200-years-later

Some elaborate Byzantine silks used as shrouds of contemporary saints survive in France, so it would be interesting to know more about the artifacts that survive.

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