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Mysterious Roman child's coffin unearthed in field

By Tamworth Herald  |  Posted: October 21, 2013

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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.

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  • Tommygingernu  |  October 26 2013, 11:48AM

    In response to "WilliamsG1971" scathing comments, I would advise this person to check his facts before writing such an insulting blog. The members of Digging Up The Past acted in an honourable and responsible manner throughout the whole course of events. The relevant members of local authority and law enforcement were brought in as was the correct procedure. Thereafter, everything was overseen by "experts". The local residents were kept informed of what was happening and were thrilled that such a unique find had happened near their village. I would confirm the land owner gave permission and nothing was done that was illegal or irresponsible. The metal detecting code of conduct was followed. I cannot understand why you are so scathing and negative about such a wonderful discovery. The members of this club that I know are extremely passionate about history and always act responsibly. The only thing the Club wanted from Leicester Council was for them to recognise what a wonderful discovery this was and give some support to further the archaeological investigations. A lot can be learned from this find and the primary aim is for this information to be gathered by the relevant experts so we can all know more about our past.

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  • Boxbot79  |  October 24 2013, 10:07AM

    Can I have the skeleton? It'd look cool outside my house at Hallowe'en. After Hallowe'en, I'll sleep with it in my bed. Is that weird? No? Cool. Thanks.

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