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Lincoln Castle Sarcophagus Will Be Moved

Monday, August 26, 2013

(Rodw, via Wikimedia Commons)LINCOLN, ENGLAND—The excavation season at Lincoln Castle is closing as archaeologists make plans to lift a sarcophagus thought to contain the remains of a Saxon king or a bishop out of the earth. The grave was discovered alongside the remains of an unknown church thought to be at least 1,000 years old. “Logistically it’s quite a difficult job because the trench is deep and the sarcophagus obviously weighs a lot,” said archaeologist Cecily Spall. The area where the sarcophagus and other skeletons were unearthed will serve as a new exhibition space to house Lincoln’s copy of the Magna Carta.