Skeletons, mummies, bog bodies, exhumations. The dead, and what happens to them. (morthouse.com)
ca. 1867, “The Shirt of the Emperor, Worn during His Execution”, François Aubert This grisly photograph depicts the bullet-riddled shirt of the Austrian Archduke Maximilian I, who was appointed Emperor of Mexico by Napoleon III in 1864. Maximilian’s puppet regime lasted only three years; when the French army withdrew from Mexico in 1867, he was captured, tried, and executed by the nationalist supporters of Benito Juarez. Aubert, a French photographer working in Mexico, photogr
Caption states: “Skull of a German killed by a brick during a riot in Baltimore, 1839. Note the trephination hole next to the site of injury.” Trephination is a surgical process where a piece of skull is removed in order to relieve pressure on the brain.
Interesting trepanation news last week: In Soria, Spain, two skulls have been exhumed showing evidence of trepanation. This is remarkable because they date from the 13th and 14th centuries C.E.—a time when trepanation was not usually done in the region. (Click over to morthouse.com to get the full post.)
The Saint Cuthbert's Gospel is thought to date from seventh-century England and is in astonishingly good condition. This may be due to the fact that for four of its many centuries the book was not in anyone’s hands, but rather tucked away inside the coffin of Saint Cuthbert.