Sarcophagus in Britain revealed to be more valuable than previously thought
By Yoon Ye-seul
The sarcophagus in Torquay Museum in Devan, England, has been reported that it is older than it was previously thought, reported Daily Mail on Friday.
The coffin has been assumed to have come from the Egyptian Golden Age, the time of Akhenaten and Tutankhamun, said Dr. Aidan Dodson, from the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at Bristol University.
“Dr. Dodson looked at certain details -- the inlaid eyes, the detailed, realistic knees, and realized the coffin was much, much older than previously thought,” said Chandler, a curator of the museum. “We had known that it had been reused, but we thought it was perhaps 100, or 200 years older than the boy.”
Not only that, the sarcophagus indicates it was made for a child of a high status, possibly even royal.
“For a child to have been given something like that, the boy in the coffin must have had very important parent, perhaps even the king and queen,” said Chandler.
Unfortunately, the part of the inscription which had named the boy and his parents is so badly damaged that they cannot be certain.