Roman-era stone sarcophagus discovered in Syria

December 25th, 2008 - 2:32 pm ICT by ANI  

Damascus (Syria), Dec 25 (ANI): A team of archaeologists in Syria has claimed to have found a Roman-era stone sarcophagus carved with faces of women and images of flowers, a lion and a bull.

The sarcophagus was the second found within the last two months in the ancient city of Daraa, according to the news agency SANA, noting the discovery provides new information on carving techniques during that era.

The sarcophagus, which was found opened with the lid to one side, contained a deteriorated skeleton, said Kasem al-Mohammad, a director at the Daraa Archeology Department.

A gold ring found near the head apparently had once hung by a chain from the ear of the deceased, SANA reported.

The sides of the sarcophagus are covered in carved images of people, plants and animals, including faces of women, a lion, a bull and a flower with four petals. (ANI)

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