Roman coffin find redraws map of ancient London

The discovery of an ancient Roman coffin in a part of London previously thought to have had no Roman settlements has forced a re-evaluation of the history of the city, experts said on Friday.

The headless skeleton in a limestone sarcophagus was found during excavations under St. Martin-in-the-Fields church on the eastern side of Trafalgar Square in central London.

Experts said the skeleton, whose head is believed to have been removed as a trophy by workmen building a sewer in the early 20th century, dates from around 410 AD, in the later stages of the Roman occupation of ancient Britain.

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