An Ancient Roman Lead Coffin Was Buried In England For More Than 1,600 Years, Containing The Remains Of Both A High-Status Woman And A Child

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For more than 1,600 years, a Roman lead coffin was buried in a field near Leeds, a city located in West Yorkshire.

The coffin was unearthed during excavations in 2022 by West Yorkshire Archaeological Services.

In total, the remains of over 60 men, women, and children dating to the late Roman and early medieval periods were found at the site.

Initially, experts believed that the coffin contained the remains of a high-status woman who was between the ages of 25 and 35 at the time of her death.

The woman was buried with a bracelet, a necklace made out of glass beads, and an earring or ring. She was thought to have been an aristocrat during Rome’s occupation of Britain, which spanned from A.D. 43 to A.D. 410.

However, further analysis of the bones has revealed the partial remains of a child buried with the woman that had previously gone unnoticed. The child was estimated to have been around 10 years old at the time of death.

The child’s remains were not identified initially because the bones in the coffin had been very old and fragmented. It was hard for researchers to determine the differences in the remains without additional testing.

The relationship between the child and the woman is unclear, but experts do know that they were buried around the same time period.

Their burial has raised questions about the burial practices that occurred in Roman Britain.

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