Scientists have removed fragments of bone and a jet bead from inside a 1,700-year-old lead coffin. The experts have now opened and started examining the contents of the Roman casket, which was discovered beneath a field west of Hinckley by metal detectorists last month.
|Analysis of the coffin has shown that it was made from a single sheet|
of lead and its corners had been sealed with molten lead
[Credit: Archaeology Warwickshire]
The team of archaeologists and conservators from Archaeology Warwickshire and York University removed the damaged lid yesterday (MON) morning revealing a cavity filled with silt which had been washed into the coffin through cracks in the lining.
They then began the delicate task of removing layers of silt.
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