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Open the mysterious lead coffin below the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

During preparations to rebuild the ancient spire under the floor of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris last month, the team of workers accidentally found a well-preserved lead coffin, buried underground at a depth of about 20m. .

This is part of the iconic French Gothic architecture and was destroyed in a fire in April 2019.

It is known that the mysterious coffin is located between the brick pipes of the heating system from the 19th century. According to the initial assessment of archaeologists, the coffin is dated to about the 14th century.

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A mysterious lead coffin was found on the floor of the church (Image: News).

In a press conference on April 14, France’s National Institute of Archaeological Research (INRAP) said that the coffin was taken out of the church on April 12 and soon sent to the forensic institute in the city. Toulouse street in the southwestern part of the country. Then, forensic experts and researchers will proceed to open the coffin to find out what is stored inside.

Previously, experts had examined the coffin with an endoscope camera, revealing the upper part including a skeleton, a pillow made of leaves, cloth and unidentified objects. They are expected to open the coffin to study the inside and determine the status and gender of the remains.

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The coffin will be opened in the near future for archaeologists to study the remains inside (Photo: Huffpost).

“If this is indeed a medieval coffin, we are witnessing an extremely rare burial custom,” said archaeologist Christophe Besnier, who led the research team.

According to this archaeologist, they were able to date the remains by carbon isotopes. The coffin is located under the mound with furniture from the 14th century. Thereby, experts can learn the social status of the dead. Based on the burial method, they assumed that the deceased belonged to the aristocracy of that time.

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Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris in a big fire in April 2019 (Photo: AFP).

The announcement of the discovery of the mysterious coffin came just a day before the 3rd anniversary of the fire that broke out at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 15, 2019. The fire once shocked the world and led to a major reconstruction project. The 160-year-old Gothic spire and most of the cathedral’s roof were destroyed by fire, but most of the main stone structure remains.

The project is currently under renovation. French President Emmanuel Macron vowed to restore the cathedral within five years.

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