Roman Period burial within a quarry discovered

Excavations within a quarry at Woodsford near Dorset, United Kingdom, revealed a Roman Age burial. The male individual was buried inside a stone sarcophagus with his feet bent backwards.

The burial at Dorset quarry (by BBC News)
The burial at Dorset quarry (by BBC News)

The limestone sarcophagus measures 1.8 metres by 0.55 metres and is 30 centimetres deep. This is an unusual as Roman period sarcophagi are very rare in Britain, with about 100 previously discovered in England and 11 in Dorset, although they were moderately common in Italy. The individual buried in the grave is said to have been in his 20s or 30s at the time of death. Bioarchaeological examination did not reveal any signs of disease or other unusual conditions. The experts suppose that the sarcophagus may have been reused, as it was several centimetres too short for the corpse, whose feet may have been tucked under the torso.

Excavation of the burial (by BBC News)
Excavation of the burial (by BBC News)

(after BBC News)

3 Comments


  1. // Reply

    Interesting, indeed it’s really rare. I’m waiting for more info about this find!


  2. // Reply

    Do you know if sarcophagus was decorated somehow ?


    1. // Reply

      Probably not, as it was a simple stone-slab grave.

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