Embalmed head of France’s King Henri IV found

Published on December 15th, 2010 | by Sevaan Franks

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The head of King Henri IV of France, who was assassinated in 1610, has been found.

The head was lost after revolutionaries ransacked the royal chapel at Saint Denis, near Paris, in 1793.

A head, presumed to be that of Henri IV, has passed between private collectors since then.

A team of scientists used the latest forensic techniques to identify features seen in portraits of the king.

A lesion near his nose, a pierced ear and a healed facial wound – from a previous assassination attempt – were among the marks that identified the head.

The methods used to embalm the head also matched techniques in use at the time of his death, said the scientists in a report published by the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

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