Leicestershire lead coffin opened

A team of experts from Archaeology Warwickshire and York University have opened the 1,700-year-old lead coffin discovered recently near Hinckley, England, and have begun examination of its contents.

Thus far, they have removed bone fragments and a jet bead from the coffin which was filled with silt. The small casket is believed to have belonged to a Roman child. Archaeology Warwick business manager Stuart Palmer said: “It is extremely rare and the first of its kind in this part of England. There can only be a handful of lead-lined Roman coffins containing the bodies of children in the country.”