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Scientists to unravel centuries-old mystery of King Canute

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Scientists to unravel centuries-old mystery of King Canute

Post by Rowan » Mon December 17th, 2012, 4:42 pm

A centuries-old mystery surrounding the bones of King Canute could soon be solved by forensic experts.

They are to examine the skeletal remains of Anglo-Saxon royalty that have lain in wooden ‘mortuary chests’ at Winchester Cathedral for more than 350 years.

Canute, the 11th Century king who famously tried to command the tides, was buried in the cathedral but his remains and those of his family were scattered when Roundheads ransacked it during the English Civil War.
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Post by J.D. Oswald » Tue December 18th, 2012, 12:14 pm

When I went on a tour of Winchester Cathedral recently, the guide mentioned that one of the chests contains a small box just filled with teeth that had fallen out of the skulls; someone had collected them up after the remains had been scattered during the civil war.

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