Remains of King Erik the Holy to be studied

A team of scientists from Uppsala University in Sweden will be studying the remains of King Erik the Holy, a medieval Swedish king later canonized as Saint Erik. Researchers hope to discover more about the 12th century monarch including how he lived and his origins. (photo)

Buried along with the king was a gilded copper crown decorated with semi-precious stones, which will be on display at Uppsala Cathedral during the scientific studies. "The crown is unique - there's nothing as old as this of its kind in Sweden. It's certainly the oldest medieval royal crown in the country," said Cathedral Chaplain Lars ├ůstrand.