Archive for January 18th, 2008

Opening a Roman Coffin

Friday, January 18th, 2008

Wessex Archaeology is excavating a Roman burial site at Boscombe Down in Wiltshire. They filmed the opening of a sarcophagus and posted it on YouTube.

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It’s a wonderful find, unique in the UK due to the presence of two pairs of shoes belonging to the mother and daughter interred in said coffin, and it’s great to see the excitement of the excavators when they realize what they’ve just dug up.

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