Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Monitor Grave & Resurrection

There are times as I am driving around slogging out all my daily errands when I hear a story on the radio and I think--"Yep, perfect for the lunar month."

Such was the case yesterday when I was listening to NPR and there was a four minute piece about the SS Monitor. The Monitor was the first US iron clad war ship and it went down after a battle with the CSS Virginia 150 years ago during the Civil War.

Apparently, scientist have uncovered skeletal remains of two soldiers who were in gun turret. One was in his 30's and the other in his 20's and they are hoping they can figure out who they were. Perhaps it will be through DNA or maybe it will be a descendant who might see some family resemblance. The scientists were able to do an artists rendering of the faces based on the skeletal remains and DNA.

The whole piece was so interesting and was completely evocative of the Pisces lunar cycle. You can listen to the story here.

The photo above is the older guy. Is he your great, great, great grandfather?

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