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Saxon Sarcophagus Found at Lincoln Castle
Archaeology magazine ^ | Monday, July 01, 2013 | unattributed

Posted on 07/04/2013 8:52:09 AM PDT by SunkenCiv

A limestone sarcophagus thought to date to A.D. 900 has been discovered in a Saxon churchyard at Lincoln Castle. At this time, archaeologists can see the side of the coffin; its lid is still covered by approximately nine feet of earth. Endoscopy has shown that the person had been buried with gold objects. “We think it’s somebody terribly important, possibly a bishop or a Saxon king,” said spokesperson Mary Powell.

Archaeologists are very concerned that opening the rare Saxon sarcophagus could cause its contents to disintegrate. They are hoping that the lid with be engraved with information about the identity of the occupant.

(Excerpt) Read more at archaeology.org ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: godsgravesglyphs; lincolncastle; unitedkingdom
Saxon Sarcophagus Found at Lincoln Castle

1 posted on 07/04/2013 8:52:09 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
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Saxon skeleton discovered in Lincoln Castle by Radhika Sanghani and agencies
A Saxon skeleton believed to be a king or bishop has been discovered in Lincoln Castle Photo: MARTIN POPE

A Saxon skeleton believed to be a king or bishop has been discovered in Lincoln Castle Photo: MARTIN POPE

2 posted on 07/04/2013 8:55:12 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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3 posted on 07/04/2013 8:55:37 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv

I don’t think the gold would disintegrate...


4 posted on 07/04/2013 8:58:33 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Did you say 'Gold?'
5 posted on 07/04/2013 9:03:29 AM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Thanks! Another of my “relatives” has been found. NOT!!!

I will need to consult my map about where Lincoln Castle is.


6 posted on 07/04/2013 9:06:39 AM PDT by Monkey Face (Next time, elect an American.)
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To: Monkey Face
I will need to consult my map about where Lincoln Castle is.

I think it's near Lincoln.

7 posted on 07/04/2013 9:10:49 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Doing the same thing and expecting different results is called software engineering.)
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To: SunkenCiv
IBTLH!

(In before the Lincoln haters!)

8 posted on 07/04/2013 9:13:45 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: TigersEye
Endoscopy has shown that the person had been buried with gold objects

Yes, I said gold.

9 posted on 07/04/2013 9:16:15 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

DOH!

Would that be in Nebraska?


10 posted on 07/04/2013 9:17:33 AM PDT by Monkey Face (Next time, elect an American.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I saw that.


11 posted on 07/04/2013 9:18:00 AM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Lot of bullet holes in that castle.


12 posted on 07/04/2013 9:23:45 AM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: SunkenCiv; Revolting cat!

13 posted on 07/04/2013 9:48:00 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: SunkenCiv

They may express concerns about opening the coffin, but in the end they will GO FOR THE GOLD!

Gold artifacts vs. skeletal remains that will be dust eventually? No contest.


14 posted on 07/04/2013 10:06:23 AM PDT by wildbill
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To: SunkenCiv

Happy Independence Day bump!

Lincoln has one of only four remaining original copies, (is that an oxymoron ; ), of the Magna Carta.

Dear Lord, thank You for blessings without number.
Tatt


15 posted on 07/04/2013 10:19:40 AM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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To: Monkey Face
It's in northern England, east of Nottinghamshire. I suppose that's where the logs are made.

How can they tell the person buried in the sarcophagus was a Saxon? Could have been an Angle.

16 posted on 07/04/2013 10:40:56 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: SunkenCiv

“Endoscopy has shown that the person had been buried with gold objects”

They shoved them up his rear end?????


17 posted on 07/04/2013 10:49:53 AM PDT by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: Verginius Rufus

I have maps of the castles of the British Isles, but not handy. They are all in banker’s boxes, waiting for me to get them into page protectors and put into loose leaf binders.

But thanks for giving me the location. I appreciate that!

(DNA is the only way I know of to tell for sure “what” a person is: Saxon, Anglo, Norse, Russ, etc.)


18 posted on 07/04/2013 10:50:53 AM PDT by Monkey Face (Next time, elect an American.)
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To: Verginius Rufus
How can they tell the person buried in the sarcophagus was a Saxon?

Assuming the dating of 900 AD is correct it is likely to be Saxon or possibly a Danish chieftain. Alfred the Great died about that year and the reconquest of England by the Saxons was in its early stages. The Angles were long forgotten.

19 posted on 07/04/2013 10:57:32 AM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: katana
Danish chieftain

Did they bury or burn their chieftains?

20 posted on 07/04/2013 11:05:37 AM PDT by DeaconBenjamin (A trillion here, a trillion there, soon you're NOT talking real money)
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To: SunkenCiv

The ghosts of Lincoln Castle

http://hauntedhistoryoflincolnshire.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/lincoln/lincoln-castle/


21 posted on 07/04/2013 11:34:10 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Monkey Face

22 posted on 07/04/2013 11:40:24 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

I would presume it depended on whether they were still pagans or not. By 900 some, a few and only nominally, Danes settled in Britain had converted to Christianity. Although that is another reason why the occupant is very likely Saxon.


23 posted on 07/04/2013 12:02:45 PM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: Nik Naym

That’s just innuendo. /rimshot ooh, double rimshot!


24 posted on 07/04/2013 12:31:17 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: BenLurkin

Thanks, Ben! I can always count on you to set me straight!

:o]


25 posted on 07/04/2013 12:40:07 PM PDT by Monkey Face (Next time, elect an American.)
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To: TigersEye

Nice!


26 posted on 07/04/2013 12:48:12 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: thesearethetimes...
Lincoln has one of only four remaining original copies, (is that an oxymoron ; ), of the Magna Carta.

Saw that one.

Lincoln Cathedral

Nice little video

Quite a walk up the hill.

27 posted on 07/04/2013 12:55:49 PM PDT by Stentor
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To: thesearethetimes...

Well put.


28 posted on 07/04/2013 1:15:34 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv

“That’s just innuendo.”

You mean “inyerendo”.

Triple rimshot!!!


29 posted on 07/04/2013 1:47:24 PM PDT by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: katana

“The Angles were long forgotten.”

For long forgotten people, they did remarkably well, having a major country named after them, not to mention a language as well.


30 posted on 07/04/2013 2:36:13 PM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: truth_seeker

“Forgotten” was certainly a poor choice of words on my part. But by 900 England was a Saxon country still for the most part dominated by a hyper aggressive set of Scandinavian (Danish Vikings) overlords. The successors to Alfred were able to finally drive the last of the Norse out of England but only finished the job a couple weeks before they faced and were defeated by the Normans at the opposite end of the country at Hastings. But the name Anglo Saxon and their (Germanic) contribution to the evolution of the English language definitely stuck.


31 posted on 07/04/2013 2:55:27 PM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: SunkenCiv

Maybe they could let him rest in peace?


32 posted on 07/04/2013 3:48:22 PM PDT by OldNewYork (Biden '13. Impeach now.)
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To: OldNewYork

He’s not there.


33 posted on 07/05/2013 4:06:02 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv

I know how this one ends!

http://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/c/chesterton/gk/c52fb/chapter29.html


34 posted on 07/05/2013 4:15:36 AM PDT by Eepsy
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To: SunkenCiv

Hope he wasn’t a fiddle player. We don’t need more Saxon violins.


35 posted on 07/05/2013 4:32:52 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Larry Lucido; Charles Henrickson

LOLOLOL!


36 posted on 07/05/2013 1:19:52 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

update with pics:

Lincoln Castle archaeologists to extract sarcophagus
24 August 2013
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-23817713


37 posted on 08/31/2013 11:29:29 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Misread “Saxophone Sarcophagus.” It’s gonna be a long day....


38 posted on 09/01/2013 4:32:39 AM PDT by Silentgypsy (:))
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To: SunkenCiv

Thanks for the update ping!


39 posted on 09/01/2013 8:00:19 AM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: SunkenCiv

I’ve been to Lincoln Castle. My Great Grandfather came from
Lincolnshire. Spent a week touring around area to get a feel of family history. I believe we found the house he lived in and for sure the seed mill he and his family worked in.


40 posted on 09/01/2013 10:35:40 AM PDT by TaMoDee (Go Pack Go!)
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To: mass55th; Silentgypsy

My pleasure.


41 posted on 09/01/2013 10:53:45 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: SunkenCiv

I am assuming that the two skeletons seen in the foreground were once in now-disintegrated wooden coffins.


42 posted on 09/02/2013 3:17:09 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Let me hear what God the LORD will speak. -Ps85)
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