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Archaeologists revealed contents of 1600-year-old Roman child’s coffin

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Archaeologists revealed contents of 1600-year-old Roman child's coffin
Archaeologists revealed contents of 1600-year-old Roman child's coffin

In 2013, an important find in England was the body of a Roman girl, discovered in the English province of Leicestershire. In 2015, scientists revealed the details of the find and, they say, the discovery is so amazing that it is rare to find a child’s grave with preserved remains.

Babies usually died shortly after birth and were buried without ceremony and were very primitive, which meant that remains are rarely preserved until our times. Miscarriages and the death of infants after birth were so common that the Romans considered infants to be without full personality – thus they did not deserve an honourable burial as ordinary people. The uncovered coffin is an exception.

Scientists have revealed that remains of incense, olive oil and pistachios have been found in the coffin. The finds prove that the girl was surrounded by love and that the burial was rich. The coffin itself was expensive, and jewellery and other precious artefacts were left inside.

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