Two ancient stone coffins that may have once held the remains of a husband and wife have been rediscovered in a wildlife park near the Israeli city of Tel Aviv. They are thought to be about 1,800 years old, dating from the period when the Roman Empire ruled the region. The stone coffins, or sarcophagi, were found mid-February, hidden near enclosures for giraffes, elephants and a bird nursery. Some of the park’s older staff recalled that the coffins had first been discovered about 25 years ago during the construction of a new parking lot. But they were dug up, moved elsewhere at the site, and then forgotten again, until they were rediscovered during work on a new extension for the park’s animal hospital. “They are two matching coffins … decorated identically with garlands and discs,” Uzi Rothstein of the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), said in a statement. The similarities of the coffins is what led Rothstein and his colleagues to speculate they belonged to a couple.” Related: Photos: 2000-year-old Roman road and coins discovered in Israel Experts think the ornate decorations show the coffins were meant for non-Jewish people of high social status during the period, when the region was… Read full this story
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