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Second funeral held for mummified bishop

Published fredag 11 december 2015 kl 13.35
"I will surely miss him."
(5:59 min)
Peder Winstrups mumifierade kropp
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Bishop Peder Winstrup before he was laid to rest. Photo: Jonathan Hansen / Sveriges Radio
Peder Winstrups mumifierade kropp
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The mummified remains of Peder Winstrup. Photo: Jonathan Hansen / Sveriges Radio
Det lilla flickfoster som hittades under biskopen Winstrups kropp, ska nu åter begravas med biskopen. Fostret är inlindat i tyg. Foto: Anton Kalm/Sveriges Radio
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The human fetus that was found buried with the bishop, and whose presence has been a mystery. Photo: Anton Kalm/Sveriges Radio
Winstrups sista resa planeras. Foto: Anton Kalm/Sveriges Radio
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Preparations for Winstrup's last journey. Photo: Anton Kalm/Sveriges Radio
Allmänheten köar vid Lunds domkyrka
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People lining up outside the cathedral in Lund, waiting to attend the bishop's second funeral. The bishop died in 1679. Photo: Jonathan Hansen / Sveriges Radio
Peder Winstrups kista. Foto: Anton Kalm/Sveriges Radio
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Winstrup's coffin. Photo: Anton Kalm/Sveriges Radio

Fifteen months after being exhumed, the remains of 17th century Bishop Peder Winstrup, along with the mysterious remains of a human fetus discovered at his feet, will be returned to Lund Cathedral at a ceremony on Friday.

Per Karsten, director of the historical museum in Lund, explains to Radio Sweden, that the bishop was initially exhumed because the cathedral had obtained permission to remove the bishop's coffin and bury him outside Lund. 

Karsten and his team were allowed to open the coffin "to ensure that we could make all the necessary scientific analysis before he was destroyed in the ground."

Burying the mummy underground in a cemetery would have destroyed it within a couple of years, according to Karsten.

Laughing, Karsten says: "The cathedral repented when they found out our fantastic medical results of the investigations of the mummy, so now he's being returned to the cathedral today, so that's a very good result for the project."

"We will surely miss him," says Karsten, who will be talking a little bit about the scientific discoveries his team made about the bishop.

Karlsten said that the medical journal that scientists have put together based on studying the mummy have revealed that his illnesses were thoroughly modern, including stress and gout.

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