The Louisiana Classicist

April 2, 2010

Lead coffin found in Gabii

Filed under: just for fun — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 9:32 am
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found via Henchman Publishing

An archaeological mystery in a half-ton lead coffin

“We’re very excited about this find,” Terrenato said. “Romans as a rule were not buried in coffins to begin with and when they did use coffins, they were mostly wooden. There are only a handful of other examples from Italy of lead coffins from this age—the second, third or fourth century A.D. We know of virtually no others in this region.”

This one is especially unusual because of its size.

“It’s a sheet of lead folded onto itself an inch thick,” he said. “A thousand pounds of metal is an enormous amount of wealth in this era. To waste so much of it in a burial is pretty unusual.”

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