October 14, 2008

The Kings of Aragon

Following the tradition of the historical geneticists, we show another more of the DNAs of famous people. This is an awasome project of my friend and my mentor Dra. Begoña Martínez-Jarreta from of the University of Zaragoza in Spain. This research project has been funded from the Aragon's Government and the Genetic Laboratory of the University of Zaragoza. It is leading by Dra. Begoña and the funds reach 650,000 euros. The financing arise from the General Diputy from Aragón and Ibercaja.
Exhumed the Real remains of San Pedro el Viejo for study.
Offal has been transferred to the Faculty of Medicine of Zaragoza. The remains of King Alfonso I the Battler and Ramiro II the Monk have been exhumed for an anthropometric study and practice program. In 1985 and were removed from their graves, in the chapel of St. Bartholomew's Church of San Pedro el Viejo, for study, but the modern techniques of forensic investigation (including DNA tests) will enable more and better information about royal offal.
The task will fall upon the Department of Pathology, and Forensic Medicine and Toxicology at the University of Zaragoza. Three boxes containing methyl human skeletons were exposed yesterday at the altar of the chapel, after its removal from the tombs of Ramiro Alfonso II and I. Correspond to the two kings and several people (in the third box) have not been identified. This last case is buried in the sarcophagus of Battler. In principle, which contains the remains would not be the subject of this study. Before the relocation of the skeletons of the kings of Zaragoza, the legal process was completed with the lifting of notarial exhumation. The archaeologist and anthropologist José Ignacio Lorenzo participated in the removal of the remains conducted 23 years ago and was present yesterday. A first observation of the remains allowed draw several conclusions.

For example, as explained to reporters, the silicone seal has not stood the test of time and the effect of moisture, so that the boxes did not appear completely sealed yesterday. It will be a need for a tougher when inhuman wreckage warned. In 1985, he explained, the study confirmed the data of history. For example, certified that the structure of Ramiro the Monk corresponded with a man who did not trade weapons, which coincides with his dedication clerical, who suffered from osteoarthritis in the spine and feet and had a certain deviation in itself. He agreed, he said, to be called The Curvo, as it is known in his day. The remains of his brother Alfonso corresponded to a robust man who had developed física. Lorenzo activity indicated that the study will confirm the relationship and do the same with other skeletons preserved in real Aragon. In fact, the exhumation was part of an overall project, with the remains of the Benedictines of Jaca and San Juan de la Peña, although these are held in Zaragoza.
New Data. The evidence points to determine possible diseases suffered (including the cause of death), age of death and nutritional problems. He indicated that the remains of the battle will not be the face and keeps the bones had plenty of moisture. This was visible yesterday with a darkening of bone. The CEO of Heritage, Vincent James, said that in view of the first lessons learned yesterday, the proposed restoration of the chapel, as drafted and tendering will be reformed to protect more remains. It indicated that there will be a rearrangement of their exposure and an upgrading of the chapel.
The remains of monk King had been extracted and saved before his burial in the parish. In the afternoon they opened the sarcophagus of Alfonso I. The exhumation is required prior archaeological work, coordinated by Bethlehem Gimeno. It has proved particularly difficult task in the sarcophagus of Ramiro II, for his delicate condition. In exhumation were representatives of the Church oscense, the Association of Workers of San Pedro or the teacher Lacarra Carmen, daughter of Jose Maria Lacarra, who was skilled in the figure of Ramiro the Monk.

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