November 12, 1992 |
The second of three 17th-Century lead coffins unearthed here was found Wednesday to contain the well-preserved remains of a woman who officials speculated may have been the wife of Philip Calvert, a member of Maryland's founding family. "It's in excellent condition, considering the length of time," said Ned Brinsfield, an undertaker whose hearse will carry the body to the Smithsonian Institution next week for months of scientific analysis.
December 15, 1991 |
Mortuary facilities at Dover Air Force Base, Del., used since the Vietnam War to process the remains of America's war dead, may soon be pressed into the service of colonial archeology. Henry Miller, chief archeologist for Historic St. Mary's City, Maryland's first colonial capital, said that, pending final approvals, three 300-year-old lead coffins thought to contain the remains of members of Maryland's founding Calvert family will probably be opened at Dover as early as next spring.
April 6, 1994 |
Scientists identified on Tuesday the remains inside 17th-Century lead coffins that were unearthed in Maryland in 1992 as members of the state's founding family: Colonial Gov. Philip Calvert and his wife, Anne Wolsley. Scientists had suspected as much ever since opening the coffins two years ago. They proved the identifications through intricate research that paints a vivid picture, down to the food they ate and the illnesses they suffered.