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Jens Vellev

Was He Murdered or Was He Not? Part II: Multi-Elemental Analyses of Hair and Bone Samples from Tycho Brahe and Histopathology of His Bones

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  • J. Kucera, CAS, Nucl Phys Inst
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  • K. L. Rasmussen, Univ Southern Denmark, University of Southern Denmark, Inst Phys Chem & Pharm
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  • J. Kamenik, CAS, Nucl Phys Inst
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  • M. Kubesova, CAS, Nucl Phys Inst
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  • L. Skytte, Univ Southern Denmark, University of Southern Denmark, Inst Phys Chem & Pharm
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  • C. Povysil, Charles Univ Prague, Charles University Prague, Inst Pathol, Fac Med 1
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  • V. Karpenko, Charles Univ Prague, Charles University Prague, Fac Sci, Dept Phys & Macromol Chem
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  • V. Havranek, CAS, Nucl Phys Inst
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  • P. Veleminsky, Natl Museum, Dept Anthropol
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  • N. Lynnerup, University of Copenhagen
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  • J. Bruzek, Univ Bordeaux 1, CNRS - Institute of Ecology & Environment (INEE), Universite de Bordeaux, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), CNRS, UMR 5199, PACEA,Lab Anthropol Populat Passe
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  • J. Smolik, Inst Chem Proc Fundamentals CAS
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  • Jens Vellev

Hair and bone samples procured from the remains of Tycho Brahe were analysed by several analytical techniques. In segmented hair samples, concentrations of Fe, As, Ag and Au at the tips exceeded values for the contemporary population; however, they decreased towards the hair bulbs, similarly to Hg, indicating that recent exposure that was discontinued similar to 2months prior to Brahe's death. Several other elements did not follow this pattern. Analyses of bones revealed signs of long-term exposure to Au, while many other elements were within expected ranges. Histopathological examination of bone sections yielded no signs of severe bone metabolic disorders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)918-933
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017

    Research areas

  • Tycho Brahe, hair, bones, trace elemental analysis, time trends, bone histopathology, MEDIEVAL HUMAN BONES, MERCURY, DIAGENESIS, FRANCESCO, TURNOVER, DANISH

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