Medieval King's remains dug up
Scientists are examining the remains of seven persons buried in the tomb of King Magnus Ladulås in Riddarholm church in Stockholm.
The remains were exhumed on Tuesday and over the next two weeks DNA samples as well as other checks will be performed on the skeletons to confirm the relations of the six bodies to the medieval king, how they died and provide confirmation that the DNA taken from the grave of Birger Jarl in 20002 is really that of the mythical founder of Stockholm.
The DNA examination will take one year before the final results are known. The skeletons, which were first dug up from the grave in 1915, have been kept in eight copper boxes under the tomb of Magnus Ladulås, who founded Riddarholm church on 1290 and was buried there in 1292.
The remains will have to be examined in the church, only three bones have been allowed to go to Karolinska hospital for a few days.