First of Leicester's double coffins opened

While the impact of the Leicester car park's second most interesting find will not not be as great as the discovery of the remains of Richard III, archaeologists are still excited about the mysterious coffin-within-a-coffin found at the site. The lid of the first, stone coffin was lifted recently to reveal an inner lead coffin, which was removed for further analysis. (photo)

Experts believe the inner box contains the remains of a high-status person, although the identity is not yet known. Members of the University of Leicester team have speculated that the burial is that of one of three prestigious figures known to buried at the friary. The team plans to open the inner coffin at the university after extensive scientific study.