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Ancient sarcophagus found at Lincoln Castle


Posted on Sunday, 25 August, 2013 | Comment icon 19 comments

The Lincoln Observatory Tower at Lincoln Castle. Image Credit: CC 2.0 Dave Hitchborne
Archaeologists have uncovered a stone sarcophagus thought to contain someone 'terribly important'.
The sarcophagus was unearthed while the castle was being refurbished so that a new center to house the Magna Carta could be built. Among the discoveries were the remains of a church dating back 1,000 years and a number of skeletons.

Archaeologists working at the site believe that the stone sarcophagus is likely to be the resting place of a figure of great importance, possibly a Saxon bishop or king. If this turns out to be the case then it would be one of the most important finds in the region for some years.

"Logistically it's quite a difficult job because the trench is deep and the sarcophagus obviously weighs a lot," said excavation team member Cecily Spall. "It's very unusual for archaeologists to encounter a church which hasn't been detected in historical documents."

Lincoln Castle itself was built in the late 11th century by William the Conqueror at the site of a pre-existing Roman fortress and remains a popular tourist destination for visitors from all over the world.

Source: BBC News | Comments (19)

Tags: Lincoln, Castle, Saxon


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #10 Posted by brlesq1 on 25 August, 2013, 20:36
Wow, that's great. I hope they're able to ID the occupant.
Comment icon #11 Posted by ancient astronaut on 26 August, 2013, 0:28
I am gonna say that it's someone dead.
Comment icon #12 Posted by ealdwita on 26 August, 2013, 9:58
Go to Youtube and catch the infamous 'Mary loves Dick' incident! It should serve as an epitaph for every programme of its type!
Comment icon #13 Posted by lightly on 26 August, 2013, 10:32
Ever notice though?... many people seem to get much more interesting long after they are buried, than they were before? ;
Comment icon #14 Posted by ealdwita on 26 August, 2013, 10:38
Of course. Why would you need to exhume the body of a person your Grandfather would have known?
Comment icon #15 Posted by paperdyer on 26 August, 2013, 15:17
Just depends on your religious beliefs. Bad mojo in some.
Comment icon #16 Posted by paperdyer on 26 August, 2013, 15:19
Watch out for Jason!
Comment icon #17 Posted by dendennis on 2 September, 2013, 16:34
It's the remains of King Arthur clutching the holy grail, buried in the arc of the covenant, placed in the sarcophagus. The real Mona Lisa buried it, so be ready for the Davinci code 2, it's true it said so on the internet ;-)
Comment icon #18 Posted by kannin on 4 September, 2013, 0:52
oh wow this is great!


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