The recovered objects were taken to the local medical examiner to have the skull removed from the plastic matrix and to be analyzed.The medical examiner found the plastic to be very difficult to remove, to the extent that the motor on a bone saw burned out in an attempt to extract the skull.Mediaeval embalmers used mercury and tar-like creosote to preserve the heart, then applied frankincense, myrtle, daisy and mint to it so that it would smell sweet, his team found.The organ was then wrapped in linen and sealed for eternity inside a lead box.On August 1, 1999, a poorly preserved metal bucket was recovered from a river in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
He said the reconstruction was a snapshot into the past."The advances in technology are making it easier."Whereas traditionally there was a lot more speculation, now we can be a lot more scientifically accurate with the data sets that we're using and then it becomes easier to do the reconstruction." From the scan, a 3D skull was made and forensic sculptor Jennifer Mann went to work.It would seem that geography was not the author’s strongest feature.For instance, we know where both the Tigris and Euphrates meet in southern Mesopotamia and where the rivers flow to in the North and Northwest.Forensic scientists on Thursday announced they had delved into the embalmed heart of Richard the Lionheart, finding chemical evidence that the remains of England's Crusader king were handled with holy reverence.Reduced to dust by eight centuries, the heart of the legendary warrior was analysed by modern lab technology.