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Ancient tombs unearthed beneath Notre-Dame cathedral

By T.K. Randall
March 16, 2022 · Comment icon 6 comments

Notre-Dame cathedral before the fire. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Gilbert Bochenek
The discovery, which dates back to the 14th-Century, has been described as 'remarkable'.
When the news broke that the iconic Parisian cathedral had become shrouded in flames back in 2019, countries around the world united in expressing their sadness and dismay.

Fortunately, through the fearless efforts of the city's firefighters, the historic building was eventually saved, however the damage caused by the fire will still take many years to repair.

On the plus side, archaeologists have been making some interesting discoveries on the grounds of the cathedral during preparations for the repairs, including the recent unearthing of several tombs dating back to the 14th-Century which were found at the foundations of the cathedral's iconic spire.
Among the tombs was a "completely preserved, human-shaped sarcophagus made of lead" which would have likely been used to inter a senior dignitary at around the time of the cathedral's original construction.

By peering inside the coffin using a tiny camera, it was possible to determine that the remains inside were well preserved and bore indications that this person was a prominent religious leader.

Other things were found too, including elements of painted sculptures beneath the floor level.

Experts have dubbed the discoveries to be "of remarkable scientific quality."

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Jon the frog 2 years ago
Lead coffin, nice !
Comment icon #2 Posted by nevins 2 years ago
Finally Jimmy Hoffa has been found.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Eldorado 1 year ago
A mysterious leaden sarcophagus discovered in the bowels of Paris' Notre-Dame cathedral after it was devastated by a fire will soon be opened and its secrets revealed, French archaeologists said Thursday. The announcement came just a day before the third anniversary of the inferno that engulfed the 12th century Gothic landmark, which shocked the world and led to a massive reconstruction project.
Comment icon #4 Posted by jethrofloyd 1 year ago
It's maybe Mr. Nostradamus himself? He predicted that his coffin would be reopened in April 2022.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Jaded1 1 year ago
It can only be...
Comment icon #6 Posted by Still Waters 10 months ago
Notre Dame’s uncovered tombs start to reveal their secrets Two lead sarcophaguses discovered buried under the nave at Notre Dame Cathedral in what was described as an “extraordinary and emotional” find have begun giving up their secrets, French scientists announced on Friday. The first contains the remains of a high priest who died in 1710 after what experts say appeared to be a sedentary life. The occupant of the second has not yet been identified – and may never be – but is believed to be a young, wealthy and privileged noble who could have lived as far back as the 14th century. https://www.... [More]

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