Thursday, November 03, 2005

Archaeologists identify Copernicus’ skull

A computerized portrait, released Thursday by Polish
police, reconstructs the face of a man whose skull
was found buried in a cathedreal in the northern city of
Frombork. Archaeologists believe the skull was that
of the 16th-century astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus.
Image source: MSNBC / Getty Images / AFP

An AP newswire article, via MSNBC, reports that:

Archaeologists believe they have located the grave of 16th-century astronomer and solar-system proponent Nicolaus Copernicus in a Polish church, one of the scientists announced Thursday.

Copernicus, who died in 1543 at 70 after challenging the ancient belief that the sun revolved around the earth, was buried at the Roman Catholic cathedral in the city of Frombork, 180 miles (290 kilometers) north of the capital, Warsaw.

Jerzy Gassowski, head of an archaeology and anthropology institute in the central Polish city of Pultusk, said his four-member team found what appears to be the skull of the Polish astronomer and clergyman in August, after a one-year search of tombs under the church floor.


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