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PICTURES: Ancient Roman lead coffin dug up in field

By Tamworth Herald  |  Posted: October 23, 2013

  • PICTURES: Ancient Roman lead coffin dug up in field. Copyright Tamworth Herald.

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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.”

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  • MidwichCuckoo  |  October 26 2013, 10:28PM

    Well done on adding to our patchwork of local historical knowledge. Rant all you like about the detail but the fact remains the artifact is in the hands of professional Archaeologists and not some private collection or on the black market.

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  • WilliamG1971  |  October 26 2013, 7:29PM

    Anybody can check the facts for themselves. The landowner was not informed until after the coffin was found. The metal detectorists dug well below the ploughsoil, contravening the Code for Responsible Metal Detecting. The coffin was not under any other risk than that caused by the detectorists irresponsibly going to the press immediately and turning a child's grave into a public circus. The only reason that the truth hasn't gone into the media is because the metal detectorists have been talking to the press while everybody else was trying to sort out the legal and ethical issues.

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  • funtimefranky  |  October 26 2013, 3:29PM

    To WilliamG1971. Did you actually read the articles on this find?? i am sure you cant have.. It was a club meet.. so there were Detectorist from all of the UK present..Do we now need a licence to travel to different counties.. is this new legislation that no one else but you knows?.. Did the club detect on land without permission... err NO... I would love to know how you came to this soloution.. do you have mystical powers... as for digging below the plough line.. I am sure the staffordshire hoard wasn'tjust sitting in glourious sunlight.. I will try to ask my local police force to stand gaurd around my car for 2 nights.. i am sure would be happy too... I believe they may have been protecting the site of an open grave... as for leciester county council footing the bill.. the exumation was payed for by private funds.. Mr Hyde a local buisnessman who owns a privatre security Goa Shan,graciously supplied 1 nights gaurd who were kept busy chasing away people who were "More interested in money than history" as for the locals being in Uproar.. you are very mistaken.. They supplied flasks and food to volunteers who wer also guarding the site.. and a find of this nature only creates interest in the surrounding villages.. as for the detectorist being ashamed.. i am sure they are sleeping well.. knowing they have contributed to discovering our history..

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