Coffin within a coffin found near Richard III site Archaeologists have unearthed a mysterious coffin-within-a-coffin near the final resting place of Richard III. The University of Leicester team lifted the lid of a medieval stone
coffin this week -- the final week of their second dig at the Grey
Friars site, where the medieval king was discovered in September.
This is the first fully intact stone coffin to be discovered in
Leicester in controlled excavations -- and is believed to contain one of
the friary's founders or a medieval monk.
Within the stone coffin, they found an inner lead coffin -- and will
need to carry out further analysis before they can open the second box.
Archaeologists have taken the inner lead coffin to the University's
School of Archaeology and Ancient History, and will carry out tests to
find the safest way of opening it without damaging the remains within.
It took eight people to carefully remove the stone lid from the outer
coffin -- which is 2.12 …