British archaeologists have unearthed a mysterious coffin in the grave


The coffin inside the tomb, found in the ruins of the convent of the Grey brothers in Leicester (photo University of Leicester).

A team of archaeologists from the University of Leicester (University of Leicester) benefited from the ruins of the monastery of the Grey brothers (Greyfriars) stone sarcophagus. When archaeologists opened it, it turned out that another one placed inside the coffin: a lead. Earlier, in September 2012, on the same archaeological site contained the remains of a medieval British King Richard III.

Presumably, the "coffin in the coffin" was buried in the XIII and XIV centuries, that is, more than a century before King Richard III received his mortal wound in battle and was hastily buried nearby.

Researchers will bring inner coffin in the University's School of Archaeology and Ancient History (School of Archaeology and Ancient History), to find a way to open it without damaging the hanyashiesya it remains. In order to gently lift the cover of the outer stone coffin, took eight people. Cover length is 2.12 meters, width — 0.6 meters in the head and 0.3 meters in the legs. Construction height — 30 cm.

The inner lead coffin with a cross is well preserved and the damage is limited to the lower parts, are seen through the holes remains of human feet.

Removing the stone coffin out of the ground (photo University of Leicester).

A real gem — the first fully preserved stone coffin, found in the area. It is assumed that the remains in it belong to one of the founders of the monastery or the medieval monk. In any case, most likely, in a coffin rests privileged person.

Among the possible "owners" dumping double skin called the head of the Order of the Grey Svinsfeld brothers Peter (Peter Swynsfeld), who died in 1272, and William Nottingham (William of Nottingham), who died in 1330. Also records of the monastery show that it lies within a "knight by the name of Ram, once the head of Leicester." Most likely, I mean Sir William de Motton of Pekltona (Sir William de Moton of Peckleton), died presumably between 1356 and 1362 years.

It should also be noted that the monastery was widespread anonymous burial. So perhaps we'll never know who owns a double coffin.

"The stone coffin — perhaps not as interesting find, like the remains of Richard III, — says the find Matthew Morris (Mathew Morris), the head of the excavations in the Convent of the Grey brothers. — None of our team had not seen before a lead coffin, placed in stone. Now we must work to open it without damaging the contents. "

On the remains of Richard III, found in September 2012, clearly visible injuries king in battle, and that the monarch was severely curved spine (photo University of Leicester).

Recall that the tomb of a medieval king Richard III was discovered in September 2012 on the site of a car park, once the former convent cemetery. Verified the authenticity of the remains of the DNA tests.

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