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Boat-shaped coffins found in China

A cluster of boat-shaped coffins have been unearthed during construction in southwest China. Chinese archaeologists said Wednesday they have unearthed a large cluster of boat coffin tombs dating back 2,200 years that will shed light on ancient indigenous culture. The tomb cluster was discovered at a construction site in Feihu Village, Pujiang

X-rays used to reveal hidden texts in Egyptian coffins

New imaging techniques are being used to find and read hidden text written in coffins made for middle-class Egyptians. It’s a space-age solution to an ancient problem. For more than a century, archaeologists have dismantled mummy coffins, also known as cartonnage, in a hunt for literary treasure. In ancient Egypt, undertakers

2,000-year-old royal coffin opened in China

Researchers in China have opened a 2,000-year-old coffin believed to belong to Liu He, the Marquis of Haihun. The remains of the "Marquis of Haihun" were found in a coffin from a 2,000-year-old tomb that historians have thought to be his last resting place since the site was discovered near Nanchang,

Hanging coffins found in China

Hanging coffins dating back 1,200 years have been found in man-made caves in central China. Cliff burial was a funeral style widely practiced in southern China. Ancient people believed that hanging coffins prevented bodies from being taken by beasts, and blessed the souls of the deceased eternally. The coffins have become important

French noblewoman remains found in lead coffin

The 17th century remains of a French noblewoman and her husband have been found inside of a lead coffin. The corpse of Louise de Quengo, a widow from an aristocratic family from Brittany, was discovered in an hermetically sealed lead coffin placed in a stone tomb at a convent chapel in

Coffin found with Miguel de Cervantes’ initials

Researchers searching for the remains of Don Quixote author Miguel de Cervantes have found a coffin with the initials M.C. Experts searching for the remains of Miguel de Cervantes said Monday that they found wooden fragments of a casket bearing the initials "M.C." with bones in and around them in a

Lead coffin containing Roman child found in England

A 1,700-year-old lead coffin containing the remains of a Roman child has been found in a field in Leicestershire, England. “For instance the lining was panel-beaten from a single sheet of lead marked out with a sharp implement and the joins at the ends were sealed with molten lead. “Hammer marks are

Walrus bones found beneath London railway station

Nine bones from a large Pacific walrus have been found in a coffin underneath St. Pancras Railway Station which was built on top of St. Pancras churchyard in 1868. Archaeologists have been left baffled by the discovery of walrus bones in a coffin under St Pancras Station. They were found during excavations