Death of a Tsar: Romanov Execution - ARE THESE ROMANOV BONES?

This image is an archive photo from the Obretenye Foundation, which provides the following information about it: “Gravesite of the Russian Imperial family found by Dr. Alexander Avdonin and his wife Galina Pavlovna; Gely Ryabov and his wife; and Michael Kachurov and his wife in 1977. One of the moments of the official opening of the grave on the Koptiaki Road at the Pig's Meadow. In the back is Skeleton # 9, (A.Trupp). In front is skeleton # 4 (Nicholas II). Archive photo Obretenye Foundation.”


What do the bones that Ryabov and Avdonin found in 1979 tell us? President Yeltsin ordered their disinterment and the remains have been studied by Russian and American teams. Dr. William R. Maples, head of the American team, discusses his findings in Dead Men Do Tell Tales.

After a great deal of study—including DNA samples from Queen Elizabeth II's husband, Prince Philip (whose grandmother was Princess Victoria of Hess, Tsarina Alexandra's sister)—Dr. Maples is sure the remains belong to the Romanov family. The DNA evidence is "almost 99 percent" which, coupled with strong skeletal evidence, makes it virtually certain the bones belong to the Romanovs and their staff. Except there were absolutely no skeletal remains for two people: Alexei and (it was initially thought) Anastasia.

Did the missing remains give further credence to the claims of Anna Anderson and "Heino?" Maybe. Maybe not, according to Dr. Maples. In his final report, he recommends that

...the site around the pit be carefully excavated and searched for the remains of the two bodies Yurovsky said he burned. I believe such a dig might well turn up the calcined remains of Anastasia and Alexei.(Page 267, Dead Men Do Tell Tales).

While speculation continued about the Tsar's two youngest children, the rest of the family were laid to rest. Even President Yeltsin paid tribute.) In the subsequent years, however, two additional bodies have been located. It is believed they are the remains of Alexei and his sister Maria (not Anastasia).

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5184stories and lessons created

Original Release: Feb 01, 2001

Updated Last Revision: Jun 30, 2019

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