Polish archeologists believe they have located the grave of 16th-century astronomer and solar-system proponent Nicolaus Copernicus in a Polish church, one of the scientists announced Thursday.
Copernicus, who died in 1543 at 70 after challenging the ancient belief that the sun revolved around the earth, was buried at the Roman Catholic cathedral in the
city of Frombork, 180 miles north of the capital, Warsaw.
Jerzy Gassowski, head of an archaeology and anthropology institute in Pultusk, central Poland, said his four-member team found what appears to be the skull of the Polish astronomer and clergyman in August, after a one-year search of tombs
under the church floor.
November 6, 2005
Copernicus' Grave Found in Polish Church
As someone with Catholic heritage, I think I can safely and non-blasphemously ask the following question: what's with the weird-ass "head only" burial thing? Does that spring from the same tradition that says that severed body parts of saints have magical properties? Yeccch.