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Radar probe to zero in on tomb of King Henry I starts in U.K. [World History

  • Survey work using ground-penetrating radar equipment to find the tomb of King Henry I who is believed to be buried at Reading Abbey has started.
  • The Hidden Abbey Project hopes to uncover the high altar where the king and Queen Adeliza are buried.
  • The survey is the first comprehensive archaeological investigation at Reading Abbey for more than 150 years.
  • Henry I, son of William the Conqueror, founded Reading Abbey in 1121.
  • After his death in Normandy in December 1135, his body was brought to Reading sewn into a bull’s hide. The monarch was laid to rest in January 1136.
  • The abbey was partly destroyed during the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII but there is no definite record of what happened to Henry I’s remains.