Tuesday, June 28th, 2011
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French Agreed to Check King Rollo's DNA
The French government is positive to be investigated whether normann king Rollo is identical with the Norwegian Viking chieftain Gange-Rolv.
The question of kinship is also interesting because Rollo the forefather of the British royal family. Danish historians claim that Rollo is of Danish origin. But if it turns out that Rollo, and Rollo is one and the same person, and that the British royal line thus has its origins in western Norway in Norway, the story must be rewritten.
It has long been uncertain about the Norwegian and French experts would be allowed from the official French hold to have opened a crypt in Fécamp in northern France to look for the answer. The purpose is to extract DNA samples of skeletal remains to Rollo's son's son and grandson, respectively RikardI and RikardII. Both resting in a sarcophagus under a floor in a Benedictine monastery in the French coastal town northeast of Le Havre.
- We consider finally the possibility to be good to find Rollo DNA, and thus shed light on whether he was of Danish or Norwegian origin, says Sturla Ellingvåg the research foundation Explioco. Together with Professor Per Holck from the anatomical institute, the National Hospital in Oslo, Ellingvåg recently conducted several interviews with French authorities about the case.
- We had very positive meetings with the local city government in Rouen and Fécamp, and felt we were met with enthusiasm from the French side. After the long wait is about to become a French-Norwegian cooperation project. It is also supported by the Norwegian Embassy in Paris, which was represented at the meetings, said Ellingvåg.
Rollo, as the French sculptor Arsene Letellier imagined him. The statue stands in Ålesund, and was a gift to the city in 1911, in connection with the 1000-year anniversary of the founding of Normandy. The original statue is at the dealer, the city of Rouen
Opening in July?
According Ellingvåg have to get through a month-long approval period in France. But the Norwegians have received signals that you want to get an answer before the French beginning of summer.
- If so, we travel to France in the first half of July. When the sarcophagus will be opened and the samples will be taken in cooperation with several French researchers. If everything goes as planned we will announce the first results of the survey in 1100-year anniversary of Rollo and the Scandinavian establishment of their own area of Normandy in late September this year, says Ellingvåg.
The latest DNA technology is used. In principle, one would rather have taken samples directly from Rollo himself, but no remains of him, which can be used to extract DNA, is preserved. Previously, genetic tests have revealed differences in DNA between the Norwegian and Danish Vikings. On this basis it is believed that the samples from Fécamp can clarify the origin. In the years prior to the 1000-year anniversary of the Duchy of Normandy in 1911, there was a fierce battle between the Danish and Norwegian historians about Rollo origin. The answer, perhaps we can get now.