Research Dissiminations

Opening the tombs of Peter the Great and Blanca d’Anjou: The face of history using scientific research

In 2010, on the 850th anniversary of the founding of the monastery of Santes Creus, work began on the restoration of the royal pavilion of Santes Creus and the scientific investigation of the tombs that form part of it.

El Museu d’Història de Catalunya (Catalonia History Museum) coordinated multidisciplinary teams (made up of historians, archaeologists, restorers, paleopathologists and physical anthropologists) to study the tombs of kings Peter II the Great, James II the Just and Queen Blanca d’Anjou, as well as that of Admiral Roger de Llúria. The study supplied valuable data on the life, illnesses and death of these personalities, as well as the dowry and funerary rites of the era.

The results of the study, which were made public in 2011, focused on the remains of Peter II –which were found intact – and of Blanca d’Anjou –in an excellently-preserved state–and established that the remains found in the tomb of Roger de Llúria were indeed those of the admiral.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS STUDY IN GENERALITAT DE CATALUNYA’S WEBPAGE.