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discovery in the Notre Dame Cathedral
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Several tombs and a lead sarcophagus, possibly from the 13th century, were discovered by archaeologists at the Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris, in the course of restoration work after the devastating fire in 2019.

The French Ministry of Culture said that during the preparatory work to rebuild the spire of the temple, several tombs and a "completely preserved" lead sarcophagus in the shape of a human figure were discovered. The lead coffin could have been made for the "senior dignitary" and probably dates back to the 13th century after the cathedral was built. Scientists judged the find to be of "tremendous scientific importance".

In addition to the tombs, elements of painted sculptures were found just below the present floor of the cathedral, identified as parts of the original 13th-century rood screen. An architectural element separating the altar area from the nave. Other parts of the structure, destroyed in the early 18th century, were discovered during the restoration of Notre Dame in the 19th century and are already on display at the Louvre.

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discovery in the Notre Dame Cathedral
Photo: AFP

Several tombs and a lead sarcophagus, possibly from the 13th century, were discovered by archaeologists at the Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris, in the course of restoration work after the devastating fire in 2019.

The French Ministry of Culture said that during the preparatory work to rebuild the spire of the temple, several tombs and a "completely preserved" lead sarcophagus in the shape of a human figure were discovered. The lead coffin could have been made for the "senior dignitary" and probably dates back to the 13th century after the cathedral was built. Scientists judged the find to be of "tremendous scientific importance".

In addition to the tombs, elements of painted sculptures were found just below the present floor of the cathedral, identified as parts of the original 13th-century rood screen. An architectural element separating the altar area from the nave. Other parts of the structure, destroyed in the early 18th century, were discovered during the restoration of Notre Dame in the 19th century and are already on display at the Louvre.