Mystery coffin found near Richard III's remains gets opened

March 2, 2015 4:31 PM

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Mystery coffin found near Richard III's remains gets opened

The woman's posh coffin was found a year after the 2012 discovery of the king's remains, the Leicester Mercury reports. She was elderly and appears to have been of high status, notes LiveScience; her bones show that she ate well through her life, and she was found in a lead coffin emblazoned with a crucifix.

She appears to have been buried shortly after a church was completed on the site in Leicester, England, in 1250. She was laid at "an important part of the church," says the dig's head, Matthew Morris.

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