A MYSTERIOUS child's coffin found buried in a field by amateur treasure hunters could be a landmark archeological discovery.
The coffin, believed to be third century and of Roman origin was found yesterday (Sunday), while a group of Digging Up the Past enthusiasts were searching farmland in the area.
Dave Hutchings, who is the organiser of the group, said: “I am very excited by this discovery. This is a once-in-a-lifetime find and could be massive not just for the area but for people everywhere.
“It is so rare to find something like this, I have been detecting for more than 30 years and not once have I come across anything like it.
“It is a lead coffin, hopefully around 3rd century, and you can tell from looking at it, it is a big discovery.”
Police are currently on scene at the farmyard location while the group await a coroner and archaeologists to help bring the coffin to the surface.
Chris Wright, who found the coffin at 4.30pm yesterday, said he could not wait to find out more.
He said: “My company have been so good and let me have today to come back down here and see what happens.
“I cannot wait for it to be opened or brought to the surface.
“I never thought it would be something like this when I got wind of the initial find. It was so close to us packing up that I nearly ignored it.
“I am glad I didn’t now as I will never find something like this again in my lifetime.”
For more updates on this historic find keep visiting www.tamworthherald.co.uk and see this weeks paper for a full in-depth report.