2,000 year-old skeleton of Romes lost lady found in YorkshireNovember 23rd, 2007 - 2:38 pm ICT by admin
London, Nov.23 (ANI): Archaeologists have reportedly found a 2000-year-old skeleton of a wealthy Roman lady in an English field.
The remarkably well-preserved skeleton was found inside a coffin that was unearthed in the village of Aldborough, near Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire - once the site of a major Roman town, Isurium Brigantium.
The fortnight-long excavation project, which was aimed at searching for Roman artefacts with a metal detector, found the six-foot-long lead coffin inside a stone chamber only 12 inches below the surface of a barley field.
The Daily Mail quoted Mags Felter of the York Archaeological Trust as saying that the skeleton is dated between the 2nd and 4th centuries, and is largely intact. It is over five feet long and even has a full set of teeth.
Experts have yet to scientifically age or sex the remains, but are confident it is a woman from a well-to-do family - her status reflected in the expensive coffin. Analysis of the skeleton may yield fascinating information about her lifestyle and diet.
Isurium was an important garrison that evolved into a prosperous imperial outpost complete with baths and a temple. The York Archaeological Trust carried out the excavation with funding from English Heritage. A JCB digger was used to extract the half-ton coffin from the field.
Ian Panter, the trust’s principal conservator, said: “I’ve only ever worked on one other Roman lead coffin burial and that was from the South of England 20 years ago, so this is a really exciting find.” (ANI)
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