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Ancient Roman sarcophagus found in London

Posted on Wednesday, 19 July, 2017 | Comment icon 2 comments

London has yielded many archaeological finds over the years. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 HeritageDaily
Archaeologists working near Borough Market have discovered a coffin dating back over 1,600 years.
The heavy stone sarcophagus, which was unearthed during an excavation at a construction site on Swan Street, was found several meters underground with its lid slid partly open, suggesting that its contents had been plundered by thieves at some point during the 18th century.

According to Gillian King, senior planner for archaeology at Southwark Council, whoever had been interred within the coffin must have been wealthy and of high social status.

"We always knew this site had the potential for a Roman cemetery, but we never knew there would be a sarcophagus," she said.

The contents of the coffin will now be tested and dated to learn more about who it belonged to.

Source: BBC News | Comments (2)

Tags: London, Roman

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Captain Risky on 19 July, 2017, 7:14
Heavy sarcophagus. Must have been someone important.
Comment icon #2 Posted by flabbins on 19 July, 2017, 14:36
Must be a giant!! Look at the size of the bog roll!

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