Roman Child's Lead Coffin Unearthed

Dating to about the third century CE, a small lead coffin was recently unearthed in Leicestershire, England. It is presumed to be a Christian burial due to its east-west orientation and is less than a meter long. (photo, video)

The coffin was found about two miles from Manduessedum  (today Mancetter), a Roman fort and town on the Watling Road. Because the coffin is lead which was expensive, the presumption is that this was for a child of a wealthy family. The coffin was removed and taken to Warwick for further examination.