17th-century mummy discovered in Lund, Sweden - WATCH THE VIDEO!


15 September 2014
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One of Europe's best preserved 17th-century mummies has been discovered by researchers at Lund University in Sweden - watch the video here! ...
One of Europe's best preserved 17th-century mummies has been discovered by researchers at Lund University in Sweden.

Peder Winstrup, a bishop and prominent historic figure in Scandinavia, was buried in the crypt of the famous cathedral in Lund in 1680. Winstrup played a key role in the founding of Lund University, and was also a physics professor, architect, entrepreneur and chaplain to the Danish king. It is still unknown why his body has been so well-preserved.

The coffin has been opened at least once before - in the 1920s, however this is the first time that research has been carried out on the coffin and its remains. The body is now being moved from the cathedral to go through medical testing, including CT scanning, X-rays and 3D-imaging, as part of a longer research project.

Per Karsten, director at Lund University Historical Museum, said of the find: 'When we opened up the coffin, it was remarkable. Inside the coffin, there was an old man who looked like he was sleeping.

'The preservation was astonishing. At 74, he was quite old when he died. He was born in 1605 and passed in 1679 - the entire 17th century is encapsulated in his body. Watch the video here:



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