Hair exposed to the British atmosphere may survive
for hundreds of years. Hence the survival of locks
of hair, maintained as keepsakes of famous warriors,
writers, composers,etc. The oldest that I am aware
of is that of King Edward IV (d1483). Hair was removed
when his coffin in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle,
was opened in 1771 and survives visually well preserved.
It is possible that SEM would show some structural
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From: J DAVIS [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: 30 August 2005 14:41
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Subject: Re: Decomposition of hair
Sorry, forgot to rule out peat bogs & waterlogged
I'm particularly interested in hair exposed to the
air, and interested in a comparison with hair buried
in eg a non-waterlogged church graveyard.
--- Paul Harrison wrote:
> depends on burial conditions totally
> so unanswerable?
> bog bodies have wonderful hair
> i've had hair from waterlogged sites to conserve
> i dug some bodies in non WL Hull, the famous
> syphilis site
> one had a tiny patch of hair on his/er skull
> J DAVIS <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Quick question:
> about how long does it take for human hair to
> decompose in the British climate when a) buried and
> exposed to the air?
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