Identity & Investigation: I

  • Michael L. Nash


Nash examines the presence and correct identity of bodies in tombs and coffins, and consequent medical, historical, scientific, and antiquarian interest in them and artefacts found. This may lead to the revision of historical records and theories.

The Society of Antiquaries has played a major part in many important exhumations, leading to new views of embalming and preservation and the knowledge of costume and regalia. Examinations cover those of Tut-an-khamoun, the Princes in the Tower, Richard II and Anne of Bohemia, and Anne Boleyn and other remains found in the Chapel of St. Peter ad Vincula, in the Tower.

Exhumations are usually authorised, but there are rogue and chance examples, and some quite illegal and reprehensible, leading to the “Gothic” cult.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael L. Nash
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  1. 1.Norwich Business SchoolUniversity of East AngliaNorwichUK

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