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Dripping with gold and jewels - lid finally lifted on the incredible remains of the Catholic saints.<br />
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This skull relic was given the generic name of Deodatus as its identity was unknown.<br />
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A relic hunter dubbed 'Indiana Bones' has lifted the lid on a macabre collection of 400-year-old jewel-encrusted skeletons unearthed in churches across Europe. <br />
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Art historian Paul Koudounaris has hunted down and photographed dozens of gruesome skeletons in some of the world's most secretive religious establishments.<br />
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Incredibly, some of the skeletons, which took up to five years to decorate, were even found hidden away in lock-ups and containers. <br />
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They are now the subject of his latest book, which sheds light on the forgotten ornamented relics for the first time.