THE coffin may be more than 1,700 years old according to early estimates, but that does not mean that its occupant should be treated differently to anybody else, according to one local vicar.
Reverend Linda Blay believes that Christian prayers should been said when the coffin is exhumed – and said she will go down to the site herself to perform the role.
Rev Blay said: “When I heard about what was found I thought it was a good discovery, but as it was a Christian burial in the first place I thought it only right Christian prayers be said.
“I would like to think I could follow that up and say prayers when it is reinterred to the ground.
“It is the right thing to do.”
Rev Blay added, though, that her second lot of prayers might have to wait a while.
She said: “I imagine that the remains will be whisked away and examined first – I cannot imagine that they will do anything but that.
“It is hard to believe that it was just found – in the middle of a farmer’s field – it is something you just do not think would happen like it has.
“I know that when all the tests have been done the remains will have to go back, though, and as a Christian I will make sure that part of things goes ahead in the right manner.”