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Last Updated: Friday November 23 2007 07:01 GMT

Roman bones found in farm field

A 2,000 year old lead coffin and skeleton are examined

A skeleton dating back to Roman times has been unearthed in a farmer's field by a member of the public.

Now it's hoped the adult bones will shed some light on what life was like 2,000 years ago.

It took archaeologists a week to carefully dig up the 2m lead coffin from inside a stone chamber.

Experts described the find, near to Aldborough in North Yorkshire, as "rare and exciting" - only about 300 coffins have been found in the UK.

Archaeologist Ian Panter said: "Thanks to modern technology we will be able to use the teeth to shed light on the person's childhood diet and determine whether he or she was born locally, or came from further afield."

Aldborough was an important Roman town and was known as Isurium Brigantium. .

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