Yesterday I read a fascinating report about how archaeologists may have found the tomb of King Herod:
On the basis of a study of the architectural elements uncovered at the site, the researchers have been able to determine that the mausoleum, among the remains of which HerodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s sarcophagus was found, was a lavish two-story structure with a concave-conical roof, about 25 meters high Ã¢â‚¬â€ a structure fully appropriate to HerodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s status and taste. The excavations there have also yielded many fragments of two additional sarcophagi, which the researchers estimate to have been members of HerodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s family.
There are some photos of the dig on this slow-loading FTP site.
And today, scientists confirmed that they’d identified the remains of 16th-century astronomer Copernicus.
Researchers said Thursday they have identified the remains of Nicolaus Copernicus by comparing DNA from a skeleton and hair retrieved from one of the 16th-century astronomer’s books.
The findings could put an end to centuries of speculation about the exact resting spot of Copernicus, a priest and astronomer whose theories identified the Sun, not the Earth, as the center of the universe.
A hair from one of his books? That is seriously CSI. If you follow the link, they’ve got a ‘facial forensic reconstruction’ of the man. He looks a little cross-eyed.