Mystery sarcophagus found in Paris’ Notre-Dame to be opened | Malay Mail

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Mystery sarcophagus found in Paris’ Notre-Dame to be opened | Malay Mail

Mystery sarcophagus found in Paris’ Notre-Dame to be opened | Malay Mail

PARIS, April 16 — A mysterious leaden sarcophagus discovered in the bowels of Paris’ Notre-Dame cathedral after it was devastated by a fire will soon be opened and its secrets revealed, French archaeologists said Thursday. The announcement came just a day before the third anniversary of the...

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PARIS, April 16 — A mysterious leaden sarcophagus discovered in the bowels of Paris’ Notre-Dame cathedral after it was devastated by a fire will soon be opened and its secrets revealed, French archaeologists said Thursday.The announcement came just a day before the third anniversary of the inferno that engulfed the 12th century Gothic landmark, which shocked the world and led to a massive reconstruction project.Photo: AFP Three years after the devastating fire, Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris is mostly cleared of a thick layer of soot as an army of craftsmen race to meet a deadline to reopen in time for the 2024 Olympics.During preparatory work to rebuild the church’s ancient spire last month, workers found the well-preserved sarcophagus buried more than a metre (three feet) underground, lying among the brick pipes of a 19th century heating system.Meanwhile, the government reported slightly weaker than expected US retail sales in March as American consumers faced high inflation, while a top Fed official expressed confidence the central bank rate hikes can bring the rising prices under control without jeopardising economic growth.But it is believed to be much older — possibly from the 14th century.The inferno that engulfed the 12th century Gothic landmark on April 15, 2019 caused its central frame to collapse and ravaged the famous spire, clock and part of the vault - shocking millions around the world.Scientists have already peeked into the sarcophagus using an endoscopic camera, revealing the upper part of a skeleton, a pillow of leaves, fabric and as-yet unidentified objects.20 points to 1,594.

The sarcophagus was extracted from the cathedral on Tuesday, France’s INRAP national archaeological research institute said during a press conference.As an icon of the globally beloved city, the fire triggered an outpouring of generosity with nearly 844 million euros in donations collected from 340,000 donors in 150 countries to date, according to the public body overseeing the restoration.com noted that the week’s final trading session includes expiration of a large amount of options — which Bloomberg estimates are worth more than US$2 trillion (RM8.It is currently being held in a secure location and will be sent “very soon” to the Institute of Forensic Medicine in the southwestern city of Toulouse.Forensic experts and scientists will then open the sarcophagus and study its contents, to identify the skeleton’s gender and former state of health, lead archaeologist Christophe Besnier said, adding that carbon dating technology could be used.The first stage of the titanic project involved clearing the rubble and burnt beams, reinforcing the flying buttresses, and removing the deadly dust unleashed from 450 tonnes of lead in the structure.Noting that it was found under a mound of earth that had furniture from the 14th century, Besnier said “if it turns out that it is in fact a sarcophagus from the Middle Ages, we are dealing with an extremely rare burial practice”.5 per cent at 34,722.They also hope to determine the social rank of the deceased.1,000 trees Many of the tasks have been farmed out to specialist workshops around France.58.

Given the place and style of burial, they were presumably among the elite of their time.However, INRAP head Dominique Garcia emphasised that the body will be examined “in compliance” with French laws regarding human remains.The stained glass windows, several statues and the 22 large-format paintings from the 17th and 18th centuries have also been sent for restoration.2 per cent at 4,436.“A human body is not an archaeological object,” he said.“As human remains, the civil code applies and archaeologists will study it as such.A thousand trees have already been cut down in national and private forests across France in preparation.” Once they are done studying the sarcophagus, it will be returned “not as an archaeological object but as an anthropological asset,” Garcia added.86.In a note, Malacca Securities Sdn Bhd said as foreign funds had offloaded some equities earlier this week, the local bourse is expected to trade in a negative bias today.

And could Notre-Dame, this unknown person’s home for so many centuries, serve as their final resting place? INRAP said the possibility of “re-internment” in the cathedral was being studied.Tests have been carried out on two of the cathedral's 24 chapels to practise the techniques needed to recreate their original colours.— AFP You May Also Like.

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