Big Surprise Found Inside Mysterious Coffin-Within-A-Coffin Buried Near King Richard III

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Archaeologists recently cracked open a mysterious “coffin-within-a-coffin” found just yards from the grave of King Richard III in Leicester, England — and they were surprised at what they discovered inside.

The lead coffin — encased within a larger limestone coffin found at the Grey Friars church dig site — was initially thought to hold the remains of a knight or friar. Instead, the coffin contained a skeleton that belonged to a 60-something woman.

Who was this mystery woman? The coffin’s location in a prominent part of the Grey Friars church, along with the fact that a chemical analysis of her bones revealed evidence of a protein-rich diet, suggest that she was a wealthy, high-status member of the church.

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“[The woman] is probably going to be an important benefactor of the friary, it could even be the founder, so we were really excited about examining this one in greater detail,” Matthew Morris, the archaeologist who led the dig, told BBC.

The woman inside the double coffin wasn’t the only female found buried at the church. Archaeologists excavating three other graves at the church complex discovered that all contained female skeletons. —> Read More Here


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