TCP You must have read that information on the same link that I posted above, as it's all part of the same article...most of the bodies were thrown into a mass grave during the French Revolution...however, not all the bodies met this fate...and not all royals with a Merovingian or Carolinian (actually branches of the same family) were buried at St. Denis. Where ever there exists even a slim chance to recover DNA, I think it should be undertaken.....and yes, there are bodies at St. Denis....royals who died AFTER the Revolution were also interred there..
The bodies of Louis XVIII and Charles, Duc de Berry, the heart of Louis XVII, and bone fragments thought to be those of Louis XVI. That's it as far as identifiable remains go for dead Capetians interred at Saint-Denis after the Revolution. Everything else is in a jumble in a bone-box, unidentifiable. The post-revolution Orléans necropolis is at Dreux. Capetian remains aren't going to get you an isolated "Merovinigian" Y-DNA strand, sorry.
Some Merovingians were interred elsewhere - Clovis I, Childebert I, Chilperic I, Chlothaire II and Childeric II (at St. Germain-des-Prés) and Chlothaire III (thought originally to be at Chelles though now questionable). The Normans sacked and burned Saint-Germain-des-Prés in 885 and looted the royal graves. The church wasn't rebuilt for another century, and the funeral monuments for the Merovingian rulers, which date only to the 12th century, may not align with the original (now empty) tomb sites. The burial mound of Childeric I was found near Saint Brice de Tournai in 1653 and looted for its contents. It isn't known whether or not the human remains were re-interred there or elsewhere (he was a pagan and thus disqualified for Christian burial) or discarded, or simply lost.
So whether or not you feel that DNA "ought" to be recovered is immaterial; you'd be hard-pressed to actually find identifiable male remains from which to extract a Y-DNA sample, and you're certainly not going to get permission to go digging from the Catholic Church as the properties are owned by the French State.
Some of what was taken from St. Denis was returned to the Church..
Yes, a jumble of unidentified bones fished out of two large pits covered with quicklime for three decades. On the off-chance that viable samples could be extracted, you'd need a verified sample from a male Merovingian for comparison in order to ID them. Again, one can reasonably assume that the majority of the remains from which Y-DNA could be recovered would be from Capetians, which isn't going to help ID Merovingians. If it were an "either-or" scenario that would be one thing, but it isn't.
I have made my inquiries through family members who are also interested in the DNA Project (of course)
Really, which "family members" would those be? And since you've already identified them, why don't you simply ask them for a blood sample? If you're satisfied that you're dealing with bona fide "Merovingians" you'd get a much cleaner and more complete sequence from living people. Then you'd have a control sample with which to compare all those bones in the Saint Denis ossuary once you've raised the tens of millions of dollars you'd need for this operation. Then perhaps the Centre des Monuments Nationaux might be willing to talk to you.
St. Denis is but a small part of what is still currently available worldwide for DNA studies..for example, there are bone relics purportedly of Magdalene and of St. Thomas that could yield DNA...
And if they did, all you would have are a couple of DNA sequences and no means of making an identification without a control sample. Which I've explained in painstaking detail to you more than once, but I suppose you're still operating under the same misconceptions by choice.
all of this must go through the Church...it is a huge and daunting task, certainly one that I am not in a position to take on...I merely make the suggestions about the possibilities, and make initial inquiries..
Nope. In France those remains are state property, not church property. You may come up with suggestions but you're painfully ill-equipped to consider possibilities. What you're thinking is possible is impossible.