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Dripping with gold and jewels

St Valerius in Weyarn. (Paul Koudounaris/BNPS)

Dripping with gold and jewels

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.

Art historian Paul Koudounaris has hunted down and photographed dozens of gruesome skeletons in some of the world's most secretive religious establishments.

Incredibly, some of the skeletons, which took up to five years to decorate, were even found hidden away in lock-ups and containers.

They are now the subject of his latest book, which sheds light on the forgotten ornamented relics for the first time. (BNPS)