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Ancient sarcophagus found at Lincoln Castle

By T.K. Randall
August 25, 2013 · Comment icon 18 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 "It's very unusual for archaeologists to encounter a church which hasn't been detected in historical documents."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 (18)




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Comment icon #9 Posted by Paramys 11 years ago
Mmmmmmm vampire........... imprisoned zombie................satan
Comment icon #10 Posted by brlesq1 11 years ago
Wow, that's great. I hope they're able to ID the occupant.
Comment icon #11 Posted by ancient astronaut 11 years ago
I am gonna say that it's someone dead.
Comment icon #12 Posted by ealdwita 11 years ago
I live in Lincoln, have done all my life and there is a huge amount of history here thanks to the Cathedral, Castle and also the huge links to Roman Britain here. On a separate and slightly amusing note.... it is also the place that caused the downfall of the UK TV show Most Haunted, when the crew came to Lincoln Prison (located in the very same castle as this article) for a Live show, and the "Psychic" with them (who was relatively new) claimed after the show finished that it was all fake and the team were deliberately making up false information, information that was completely contradicting... [More]
Comment icon #13 Posted by lightly 11 years ago
Perhaps nobody has been buried long enough in your part of the world to be considered interesting! 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 11 years ago
Ever notice though?... many people seem to get much more interesting long after they are buried, than they were before? ; Of course. Why would you need to exhume the body of a person your Grandfather would have known?
Comment icon #15 Posted by paperdyer 11 years ago
I'm pretty certain the dead don't care. Just depends on your religious beliefs. Bad mojo in some.
Comment icon #16 Posted by paperdyer 11 years ago
Of course nothing can go wrong! I understand the sarcophagus is to be moved, after careful and arduous planning, next month - Friday 13th Sep 2013. Watch out for Jason!
Comment icon #17 Posted by dendennis 11 years ago
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 11 years ago
oh wow this is great!


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