British archaeologists extracted from the earth mysterious coffin in a coffin

British archaeologists have removed from the earth a mysterious coffin in a coffinA photo from open sources

The coffin inside the coffin, found in the ruins of the Gray Brothers monastery in Leicester (photo University of Leicester).

A team of archaeologists from the University of Leicester (University of Leicester) recovered from the ruins of the Greyfriars monastery stone sarcophagus. When archaeologists uncovered it, it turned out that inside is another coffin: lead. Earlier, in September 2012 years, the remains were discovered at the same archaeological site Medieval British King Richard III. Presumably, the “coffin in the coffin” was buried in the XIII or XIV centuries, that is, more than a century before King Richard III received his mortal wound in battle and was hastily buried by next door. Researchers deliver inner coffin to Universitetskaya School of Archeology and Ancient History (School of Archeology and Ancient History) to find a way to open it without damaging this is the remains of him who were handers. In order to gently lift the lid of the outer stone coffin, it took eight people. The length of the lid is 2.12 meters and the width is 0.6 meters in the area head and 0.3 meters in the area of ​​the legs. Construction height – 30 centimeters. The inner lead coffin with the image of the cross is good preserved and damaged only in the lower part: through holes the remains of human legs are visible.

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Removing a stone coffin from the ground (photo by University of Leicester). The real find is the first fully preserved stone coffin found in this area. It is assumed that the remains in it belong to one of the founders of the monastery or to the medieval monk. In any case, most likely, in such a coffin rests a privileged person. Among the possible “owners” burial with a double shell are called the heads of the order of the Gray the brothers Peter Swinsfeld, who died in 1272, and William of Nottingham, who died in 1330. Also, the records of the monastery show that it lies within a certain “knight named Baran, once the head of Leicester.” Probably, meaning Sir William de Motton of Pekleton (Sir William de Moton of Peckleton), who died presumably between 1356 and 1362 over the years. It is also worth noting that the monastery was widely Anonymous burials are common. So maybe we never we don’t know who owns the double coffin. “Stone coffin – almost an equally interesting find, as the remains of Richard III, – comments on find Matthew Morris, head of excavation on the territory of the Gray Brothers monastery. – None of our team I had previously seen a lead coffin placed in a stone. Now we must work to open it without damaging content. “On the remains of Richard III, found in September 2012 years, the injuries received by the king in battle are clearly visible, and also, that the monarch’s spine was severely curved (photo by University of Leicester).

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Recall that the tomb of medieval King Richard III was discovered in September 2012 at a car parking spot, formerly a monastery graveyard. The authenticity of the remains verified by DNA tests.


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