4th Century Baptismal Font Reflects Struggle Between Christianity and Paganism

Gary Lee and Jim Wilkinson used a metal detector to discover a 4th century Roman baptismal font near Grimsby, England.

"Once it was dug further we found two distinct pieces of lead — they had some nice decoration on including chevrons," said Lee of the discovery. The font was cut in pieces, a fact that archaeologists attribute to the battle between early Christianity and Paganism in England.

The font is believed to be native to Roman Britain and has been reported to the Portable Antiquities Scheme, which chronicles artifacts found in Lincolnshire.