Two Roman coffins unearthed in Newcastle

From The Telegraph: Two Roman coffins unearthed in Newcastle.

Archaeologists are examining the sandstone coffins which were unearthed in Newcastle city centre.

They are thought to have been used to bury members of a rich and powerful family from the nearby walled fort of Pons Aelius, whose West Gate would have been sited just yards away. Hadrian’s Wall would have run close to the north of the fort.

The lid of one sarcophagus will be lifted by Durham University experts tomorrow morning to discover what it holds inside.

The other sarcophagus has already been opened and removed from the site for safekeeping.

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