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Inside the 1,800-year-old coffin

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Archaeologists in Newcastle have opened a 1,800-year-old Roman stone sarcophagus, revealing its contents for the first time.

The stone coffin was found on a building site, which in Roman times formed part of a fort which connected to Hadrian's Wall.

A second sarcophagus has already been opened and removed from the site. It contained the headless remains of a child.

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