Monday, August 27, 2007

Archaeologist: Remains of last Russian czar's heir may have been found
The remains of the last czar's son and heir to the Russian throne, missing since the royal family was gunned down by Bolsheviks in a basement room nine decades ago, may have at last been found, an archaeologist said Thursday.

Bones found in a burned area in the ground near Yekaterinburg, the city where Czar Nicholas II and his wife and children were held prisoner and shot in 1918, belong to a boy and a young woman roughly the ages of the czar's 13-year-old son Alexei and a daughter whose remains have also never been found, Sergei Pogorelov said.

If confirmed, the find would solve a persistent mystery and fill in a missing chapter in the story of the doomed family — victims of the violent 1917 Bolshevik Revolution that ushered in more than 70 years of Communist rule.

I guess there was still some doubt about the earlier finds of the rest of the family, and this apparently puts that to rest because it provides further verification of one of the guards' notes on it.