Following the discovery of a lead coffin by metal-detectorist Chris Wright in a field close to the Warwickshire border, the artefact, believed to contain a Romano-British Child who died over 1600 years ago has been in the care of Warwickshire County Council’s Archaeology Unit who have been commissioned to study it.
On Monday 11th November, the coffin will be opened and its contents examined and tested by a team from the University of York InterArchive – Archaeology project. These forensic tests could give the scientists and historians a fascinating insight into the life and death of a child from Roman Britain.
Stuart Palmer, from Archaeology Warwickshire said:
“Burials have the potential to reveal signatures of body decay; pre-burial treatment and mortuary practice; clothing and perishable artefacts; diet; cause of death; disease and even drug-use. This ground-breaking study will use a variety of tools to reveal hidden secrets and help us to understand the past cultural practices and environmental conditions at the time the child lived, some 1600 years ago.”
Thoughts have naturally turned to the fact that this find is the likely remains of a child and a child with a name that is long lost to history. As a mark of respect, Archaeology Warwickshire would like to give the find a name and have come up with the following suitably Roman names:
- Oriens (rise – as the sun)
- Loquor (tell – declare)
- Aperio (reveal)
- Addo (inspire)
- Accendo (illuminate)
- Parvulus (infant)
Now Archaeology Warwickshire want You to pick your favourite.
You can vote in the poll below or tweet your favourite to @OisintheDeer and we’ll announce your favourite on Monday 25th November.
Further updates and pictures will follow Monday’s opening.
Find out more about Archaeology in Warwickshire on the Warwickshire Website