Dead gorgeous: ancient sarcophagus held mirror, cosmetics

Dead gorgeous: ancient sarcophagus held mirror, cosmetics
Funerary goods are displayed in Meckenheim, Germany, Monday, July 30, 2018 during a press conference on a sarcophagus of the third century that was found in the German city of Zuelpich. (Oliver Berg/dpa via AP)

Archaeologists say a 3rd century sarcophagus found in what is now western Germany contained the remains of a young Roman woman who was buried along with perfume bottles, a makeup palette and a silver hand mirror.

The Landesmuseum in Bonn said Monday that the massive stone coffin contained an unusual wealth of , jet jewelry, pins and a folding knife with a handle in the shape of a Hercules figure.

The 4 1/2-ton sarcophagus was discovered along the route of an ancient highway connecting the Roman empire settlements of Trevorum and Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippinensium—now the German cities of Trier and Cologne.

Archaeologists kept their discovery last year secret until further graves in the area had been investigated.

  • Dead gorgeous: ancient sarcophagus held mirror, cosmetics
    Funerary goods are displayed in Meckenheim, Germany, Monday, July 30, 2018 during a press conference on a sarcophagus of the third century that was found in the German city of Zuelpich. (Oliver Berg/dpa via AP)
  • Dead gorgeous: ancient sarcophagus held mirror, cosmetics
    A funerary good is displayed in Meckenheim, Germany, Monday, July 30, 2018 during a press conference on a sarcophagus of the third century that was found in the German city of Zuelpich. (Oliver Berg/dpa via AP)

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