Late Roman sarcophagii found in Lebanon

Lebanese archeologists have uncovered six carved stone coffins in the ancient city of Byblos dating back to the Late Roman Early Byzantine era. 

Tania Zaven, an archeologist at Lebanon's General Directorate of Antiquities, said in a press release, that these coffins were buried under an old house. 

Many more of these coffins are believed to be buried under the floors of other buildings in the location and differ in shape, size and digging methods, depending on the individual's traditions, habits and social status, archaeologist Ahmad Al-Maghrabi noted. 

The coffins, actually holes in rock, are family graves - used for multiple burials of family members over successive times.  

Source: Kuwait News Agency [July 07, 2012]

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