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Archaeologists In Germany Open 1,000-Year-Old Sarcophagus Found In Church

Published on 07/18/19 / In News & Politics

According to a report by CNN, archaeologists in the German city of Mainz have exhumed a 1,000 year old sarcophagus, uncovering the decomposed remains of what may be a former Archbishop who died in the 11th century. The stone coffin was first uncovered through excavations within St. Johannis Church in 2017, when a corner of the receptacle was revealed beneath the church floor. CNN reports that samples of fabric uncovered within the sarcophagus will be sent to a textile expert in order to determine their age, while bone and tissue samples will undergo carbon dating and DNA testing. Guido Faccani, the lead archaeologist, reportedly said that the remains could have belonged to Erkanbald, who was Archbishop of Mainz from 1011 until his death in 1021, but noted that further research would be required to verify this claim.

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