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Monday, February 14, 2005

A Roman Death in London

An ancient Roman wooden coffin dated to AD 120 was recently stumbled upon during construction work in London. The archaeologists who later investigated the find were amazed that it had survived intact, centuries after other wooden coffins had disintegrated with only the telltale nails left behind as evidence. The wood survived because it was kept in wet conditions without oxygen, and the weight of the skeleton left an impression of the ribs, spine and knee-joints. The coffin dates from a time when Roman London was quite prosperous.

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