Friday, August 19, 2011

Ancient sarcophagus unearthed near Rome

Archaeologists have discovered an ancient Roman sarcophagus in the central Italian Lazio region surrounding Rome. It is the second burial casket discovered during a major dig being coordinated by the University of Michigan.

The casket was uncovered in the area of Lazio believed to the site of the ancient Roman city of Gabii, located 18 kilometres east of Rome.

Both caskets are made of lead and are believed to date from the 1st or 2nd century AD.

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