Bones From Mummy, Not Maid of Orléans

July 2007
Military History;Jul/Aug2007, Vol. 24 Issue 5, p11
The article discusses the assertion of French forensic scientist Philippe Charlier that a charred human rib long revered as the remains of French saint Joan of Arc likely came from an Egyptian mummy instead. Charlier subjected the relic to carbon dating, mass spectrometry and chemical analysis to reach his findings, dating the bone fragment to between the 6th and 3rd centuries B.C. The rib first came to light in the attic of a Paris pharmacy in 1867, where it was kept in a jar.


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