Charlemagne died in the Morning of the 28. January 814 in Aachen, in the evening he was buried. What killed the most powerful man of the middle ages? About 1200 years later, two scientists assume that the with 1.84 meters, in fact, the great Frank Emperor, in advanced age, the gout plagued. “Probably is that he had the gout pneumonia,” says the mummy specialist Frank Rühli from the Institute of Evolutionary medicine at the University of Zurich. Prove the not let.

Rühli and the anthropologist Joachim grinding ring have an analysis of the bones of Charles the Great, was born probably in 742, 747 or 748, in the journal “Economics and Human Biology” published. Grinding ring remembers well the smell of him in the last tomb opening, in 1988, reflected: “I noticed that the skeleton parts, so strictly have smelled. Hardly have we opened the lid, the smell,” he says. As they were then: 94-preserved bones and bone fragments, on a red cloth, neatly lined up, with red ribbon or gold thread fixed.

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grinding ring-logged deposits on the tibia and heel bone, as in the case of gout is common. This disease hypothesis, the physician Rühli see also eating habits confirmed: Karl roast was a good Deer never averse – extensive meat consumption as a risk factor for metabolic disease. And that he was limping at an advanced age, it also fits the assumption. To gout alone, no one dies, you could have weakened the Frank Emperor, but crucial.

Shrine re-open it?

at The time of his death, reigned Karl over an Empire that included large parts of Central and Western Europe. His death came after a bath, quickly. Karl got a fever. “He ate nothing, drank hardly anything,” says Rühli, with reference to historical sources. On the seventh day he died, I received his last ablutions, and had been on the same day, buried. Due to the overall circumstances, the Swiss physician holds an inflammation of the lungs.

Baffled, the scientists from a small silk pouch, with mummified tissues, probably muscles, says Rühli and concludes that Charles’s body was, at least, mummified part. “Obviously, one has him to this day, until you buried him, already a relatively large amount of processed Empire, and not only in a shroud done and eingesargt,” says the physician. to support

these assumptions scientifically, you would have to open the Shrine of Charlemagne, once again, says Rühli. The slip ring holds also for reasons of conservation, for useful. The acrid smell 30 years ago could have come from chemical preservatives. Has deteriorated the condition of the bones?

“The Shrine was established in 1988 and closed with the intention not to disturb the peace of the dead”, says the Director of the Aachen Cathedral Treasury, Birgitta Falk, the German press Agency. The bones were housed under good climatic conditions in a display case. “In their constant climate, they can survive for many Hundreds of years without further damage. There is, therefore, in the foreseeable future, no reason to open the Shrine.”

source: Economics and Human Biology

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