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No king found in suspected king’s tomb

Archaeologists working in Stockholm, Sweden, have found the remains of nine people in a tomb previously thought to have belonged to King Magnus Ladulås who lived in the 13th century A.D.

The Swedish King Magnus Ladulås (1240-1290 a.d.) is buried in the Riddarholmen church (Riddarholmskyrkan) in Gamla Stan, Stockholm. This is at least what everybody have taken for granted…until new facts were presented recently. A new radiocarbon dating of the tomb’s content indicates that the content of the tomb comes from the remains of nine persons who were buried some time between 1430 and 1520, i.e. at least 200 years after King Magnus.

It is thus clear now that King Johan II (son of Gustav Vasa) put up the pompous tomb above the wrong grave. The research group around Magnus Ladulås tomb is very excited about their new discovery and want to open a nearby tomb.

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Story: Stockholm News | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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