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Thursday, November 25th, 2004, 06:57 PM

Germany says hello to its most famous pirate

November 25 2004 at 05:47PM

Hamburg - Germany's most famous and fearsome pirate has been given a face by forensic scientists, more than 600 years after he was beheaded and his head nailed to a pole in Hamburg harbour.

Klaus Stoertebeker was a bearded, wild-haired warrior with steel-blue eyes, a missing front tooth and a face hardened by years at sea, according to a reconstruction in the northern German city.

The pirate, who plundered ships of the powerful Hanseatic League in the North Sea and Baltic Sea, was executed in Hamburg in 1402 and his head nailed to a pole as a deterrent to others.

What was believed to be the pirate's skull was discovered by construction workers 130 years ago - and has now been reconstructed using the latest forensic techniques.

The reconstruction, which is to be shown in a documentary on German television on Sunday, means historians can throw away all previous illustrations of the country's best-known pirate, which bear little resemblance to the version now on show.

Scientists in Bonn produced a copy of the pirate's skull with the help of a computer tomograph. Forensic experts at the police anthropology laboratory in Paris worked out its facial features, which were then formed in clay by French artist Elisabeth Daynes.

However, the Museum for Hamburg History admits it is still not absolutely certain whether it really has captured the face of Stoertebeker, or whether it belongs to another pirate.

Scientists now intend to use DNA technology - matching samples from the skull with those of Stoertebeker's possible descendants - to ascertain for sure whether they have the pirate's head.

Museum official Ralf Wiechmann said that whatever the outcome he expected the exhibit to be a crowd-puller.

"It definitely belongs to one of the privateers who were executed. And to be able to look a real pirate in the eye is quite something," he said. - Sapa-dpa


The alleged skull of St÷rtebeker:


A picture which is often used as St÷rtebeker illustration:


The reconstruction:


Damned Nordish, the fellow. :tongue: :icon_ques

Dr. Brandt
Thursday, November 25th, 2004, 07:38 PM
Looks like a blue eyed neaderthal! :coffee:

Friday, November 26th, 2004, 02:33 AM
A high vaulted Nordid. I doubt he look like this:


Because this vault is very high. The above is not high vaulted.


Friday, November 26th, 2004, 05:16 AM
Did they nail his head after they removed his lower jaw or did that fall off later? Do they have his lower jaw or did they guess on the reconstruction? I don't think he looks like a neanderthal, I think I saw him on the streets of K°benhavn, actually. :viking3: ;)

Friday, November 26th, 2004, 09:20 AM
I think I saw him on the streets of K°benhavn, actually. :viking3: ;)

Hahaha, yeah there is quite a few with his looks there in some parts of the town - especially among the alchoholics and the homeless... :rotfl: