Investigation of warrior's remains creates medical mystery

11/26/2012 |

Researchers examining the bones of Giovanni dalle Bande Nere, or Giovanni of the Black Bands, a mercenary wounded in battle in Italy in 1526, believe that the warrior might have died from another cause and not from infection from a reported amputation of his leg. The finding has created a medical mystery since the analysis of his remains indicated that it was his foot that was amputated and not his leg. Team members will further examine his bones before reburying them. They also found a glass container with a card that may have an inscription, an item not cited in reports of previous investigations of the crypt.

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