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Autopsing history: The mummy of Charlemagne (c. 747 - 814 AD), father of Europe


Schleifring, Joachim H; Galassi, Francesco M; Habicht, Michael E; Rühli, Frank J (2018). Autopsing history: The mummy of Charlemagne (c. 747 - 814 AD), father of Europe. Economics and Human Biology, 32:11-17.

Abstract

In this article, a complete history of Charlemagne's mortal remains is outlined, including the first publication reporting on the most recent tomb opening in 1988. Besides exclusive bioarchaeological details - namely that his body was indeed mummified - a full clinical interpretation of the Emperor's final illnesses and death is given: a likely combination of osteoarthritis, gout and a recurrent fever caused by an infectious disease.

Abstract

In this article, a complete history of Charlemagne's mortal remains is outlined, including the first publication reporting on the most recent tomb opening in 1988. Besides exclusive bioarchaeological details - namely that his body was indeed mummified - a full clinical interpretation of the Emperor's final illnesses and death is given: a likely combination of osteoarthritis, gout and a recurrent fever caused by an infectious disease.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Evolutionary Medicine
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:27 November 2018
Deposited On:27 Feb 2019 16:14
Last Modified:27 Feb 2019 16:17
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:1570-677X
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ehb.2018.11.002
PubMed ID:30544097

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