Skeleton believed to be general who served under Napoleon uncovered in Russia
By PETER SBLENDORIO | New York Daily News | Published: November 7, 2019
(Tribune NewsService) — Archaeologists appear to have uncovered the skeleton of a French general who served under Napoleon Bonaparte.
A July dig in Russia led to what are believed to be the remains of Charles-Etienne Gudin, the excavation’s leader told CNN, with DNA tests drawing a link to the French military official.
After discovering the skeleton, excavation leader Pierre Malinowski had teeth and a portion of the femur tested to see if it matched the DNA of Gudin’s family members.
“A professor in Marseille carried out extensive testing and the DNA matches 100%," Malinowski told CNN. “It was worth the trouble.”
The skeleton was found in Smolensk, a city in western Russia, by French and Russian archaeologists.
Gudin died in 1812. He had his leg amputated after he was hit by a cannonball, got gangrene and died three days after the injury.
The skeleton found in July had one leg.