Bishop Peter Winstrup was buried in Lund Cathedral (Sweden) in 1679 And the fetus hidden in the coffin and possibly his own grandson. This is the conclusion of a study conducted by seven researchers from various Swedish institutions, and the results of the study were published in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Report.
Winstrup’s mummy is youOne of the best preserved buildings of the 17th century. Researchers led by Lund University may have now solved the mystery of why the fetus was placed in the coffin of Sund Cathedral in southern Sweden. The DNA of the bishop and the fetus and the analysis of the kinship indicate that this is most likely his grandson.
Something was found in the twins of Bishop Peder Winstrup His X-ray shows that his bones are small. An orthopedic doctor at Lund University discovered that after careful observation, he found that the early clavicle signs of a human fetus were wrapped in linen.
Judging from the length of the femur, he was between five and six months old, and he was born without life. This discovery raises several questions, including why it should be placed in the bishop’s coffin.
“It is not uncommon to put children in coffins with adults. Fetus May have been placed in the coffin after the funeralHe was Professor of History and Orthopedics at Lund University and one of the main researchers in this study. He was in the vaulted tomb of Lund Cathedral at the time, so it was easily accessible.
The burial book of Lund Cathedral confirms that the children’s coffins were placed there Nothing to do with family. “It is one thing to put the coffin in the vault, but it is another thing to put the fetus in the bishop’s coffin. This makes us doubt whether there is any relationship between the child and the bishop,” Alston said.
Researchers at Stockholm University analyzed samples of Peder Winstrup and the fetus.It turns out that this is a boy, and both They are related to the second degree, That is, they share about 25% of the same genes. Because they have different mitochondrial lineages, but there is a Y chromosome match, it is determined that this relationship is on the father’s side.
“Archaeology can promote Kinship between buried individuals Maja Krzewinska of the Center for Paleogenetics of Stockholm University emphasized that “in this case, it is more precisely between Winstrup and the fetus.”
As with secondary relationships, the following relationships involving Winstrup and the fetus are also possible: uncles, nephews, grandparents, grandchildren, half siblings, and twin cousins.
The researchers studied knowledge about the Winstrup family and ruled out many possible relationships. “It’s possible for a dead child Is the son of Peder Pedersen Winstrup Therefore, the bishop is his grandfather.
Peder Pedersen Winstrup followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather to study theology, but did not follow Interested in fortifications. He lost his father’s property in the fall of 1680-the land nobility therefore lost power-and may live on the relief of relatives for the rest of his life.