Briefs: Rare ancient coffin found in Cyprus

March 20, 2006

A sarcophagus of unique archaeological value was reportedly discovered during the weekend at a Cyprus dig.

The sarcophagus is reportedly identical to two found in other areas of Cyprus during the early 19th century, the Cyprus Mail reported Monday.

A sarcophagus is a coffin usually made of stone that in ancient times was decorated with carvings of the deceased or religious icons.

Archaeological excavations began Sunday at Kouklia, where the sarcophagus was found.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

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