Sunday, December 11, 2005

ACROSS MY DESK: DNA & Beethoven's bones

Beethoven's bones
SAN JOSE STATE SCHOLAR UNRAVELS THE STORY OF A FASCINATING DISCOVERY IN THE EAST BAY
By Richard Scheinin
Mercury News

"Joan Kaufmann is thumbing through neatly cataloged volumes of family letters and documents in her Danville home when she comes across a page of scribblings of particular interest. Casually jotted on a piece of paper are the contents of an aluminum lunchbox that once belonged to a relative named Tom Desmines in the south of France: "11 silver spoons... 1 gold chain, 36 grams... Chinese lock and key... box Beethoven skullbones."

Kaufmann, who is 70, chuckles: "I never assumed that I married into a family like this."

For more details see the full article at:
http://www.kentucky.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/13374005.htm?source=rss&channel=mercurynews_local

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