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Mysterious Lead Coffin Found Near Rome
"We're very excited about this find," Terrenato said. "Romans as a rule were not buried in coffins to begin with and when they did use coffins, they were mostly wooden. There are only a handful of other examples from Italy of lead coffins from this age—the second, third or fourth century A.D. We know of virtually no others in this region."
An archaeological mystery in a half-ton lead coffin
"It's a sheet of lead folded onto itself an inch thick," he said. "A thousand pounds of metal is an enormous amount of wealth in this era. To waste so much of it in a burial is pretty unusual."
"All we can say so far about the contents is that the lead wrapping contains a human skeleton — or at least a portion thereof — as there is visible bone at the open, foot-end of the sarcophagus," McMaster University archeologist Jeffrey Becker, managing director of the U.S.-led dig at Gabii, told Canwest News Service.
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Originally posted by TLomon
I believe this is the same coffin already discussed here.
Hopefully, there will be some additional information to evaluate in that thread at the very least.
Originally posted by rhynouk
Interesting find,i really hope we get to hear & see whats inside,i'm not up to scratch with lead coffins,was it a normal thing or just for really important higher up type people ?
if it's someone very important we might never know.