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Mourning brooch, 1754, England. It was not uncommon in Victorian times for bereaved relatives of the deceased to wear mourning jewelry containing locks of hair of their lost loved ones. With European examples dating as far back as the 15th century, the waves and patters created were often very intricate and added to the ornate appearance of the brooch, ring or necklace. These items of jewelry were worn as a memorial to the deceased and also as a reminder of our own mortality.

Strenouous efforts have been made to replicate the Shroud, but all such efforts have been unsuccessful. No one has been able to point to a painter of any age with the skill to create a shroud with all the realistic features of the Shroud of Turin. Members of the STURP team, in particular, agreed that the images on the Shroud could only have been caused by a man who had been subjected to a savage scourging before being crucified, with unusual head wounds suggestive of the wearing of a crown…

The elaborately dressed skeleton of St Valentine can be found in a Cistercian nunnery in Bavaria called Waldassen Abbey. (Photo by Toby de Silva). He looks bored to death.