team first determined that the bottle contained an approximately 4 inch long human rib covered with a black coating. It also housed part of a cat femur covered with the same coating, three fragments of "charcoal" and "a brownish textile scrap" about the same length as the rib. Charlier said some historians then speculated that a cat, perhaps symbolizing the devil, was thrown onto Joan of Arc’s funeral pyre. Carbon dating, however, found that the objects predate the French heroine’s lifetime by many centuries. The "textile scrap" is likely a mummy wrapping, since "the chemical composition of the coatings was comparable with that of embalming products, such as those used by the old Egyptians," the researchers concluded. The dark coating contained a mix of bitumen, wood resins, gypsum and other chemicals. Pine pollen was also identified, probably from pine resin, commonly used during Egyptian embalming. The researchers believe the remains were first stored as "mummia,"
Site Reveals Hints of Human Remains April
18, 2012 A heart catching reminder of the Titanic tragedy, this image shows a crumpled large coat with a boot protruding from beneath its seam. Lying near the Titanic’s stern, two and a half miles down the North Atlantic, the articulated clothing and boot strongly indicate that they belonged to a body. "The way that the clothes are arranged, makes it look like someone’s final resting place," Kristina Killgrove, a biological anthropologist at the University of North Carolina, told Discovery News. These images were taken in 2004, during an expedition by the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA) and explorer Robert Ballard, who discovered the wreck of the Titanic in 1985. They were reissued to the public on the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, for the first time in uncropped versions, to stress that the site is a memorial and deserves the respect of a graveyard. No distinct human remains were seen during the NOAA expedition,