Tuesday, January 10, 2006
The mystery of Mozart's head is still a mystery...
Last week, I posted a bit on the skull alleged to belong to Mozart. Scientists were going to announce on Sunday whether the skull, which had been kept at the International Mozarteum Foundation since 1902, belonged to Mozart. The announcement was to coincide with the composer's 250th birthday.
Today, they are no closer to knowing if the skull is his. In fact, the mystery is deepening.
To test the DNA, scientists were using samples from the skull, and comparing them to samples from skeletons exhumed from the Mozart family plot. The skeletons belonged to Mozart's grandmother and niece.
It turns out that none of the skeltons match, so not only do they not know if the skull belonged to Mozart, they are no longer sure who's buried in his family plot, either.
What causes this? Was it bad record-keeping? Or does it point to some grand conspiracy involving a black metal band that has been collecting the remains of famous composers in order to create an unholy orchestra of the undead? Only time will tell.
Until then, shhhhhhh... the maestro is decomposing.
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