June 16, 2015

Bodies, bodies everywhere

Filed under: Bodies, Cemeteries, Historic, bodies everywhere! — acagle @ 7:04 pm

French archaeologists uncover ‘exceptional’ tomb of 350 year old corpse, believed to be noblewoman Louise de Quengo

The “exceptional” tomb of a noblewoman who lived during the 17th Century has been uncovered in France.

The remarkably preserved remains were unearthed by a team in the north-western city of Rennes, at the excavation site of the convent of the Jacobins, before the area is built over with a convention centre.

The 1.45 metre (five foot) corpse is believed to be that of Louise de Quengo, wife of the powerful noble Toussaint Perrien, who died in 1656 when she was in her 60s. Various local media reported that much of her hair, skin, internal organs and brain were still intact.

She also, apparently, had her husband’s heart in with her. No explanation as to why the preservation was so good though.

UPDATE: Guardian says it was a sealed lead coffin which could explain it.

UPDATE II: Video here. I’m a little surprised they didn’t really try to quarantine it while working to decrease the risk of contamination in case they want to do any genetic testing, etc.

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