Canterbury, Conn. — Denise Roberts was watching the recent demolition of a building on her Canterbury property when the crews stopped working and asked her to come take a look.
Beneath the floor of the structure, which had dated back to 1889, was a wooden box, approximately 8 feet long by 4 feet wide by 3 feet deep, and lined with copper.
“I was terrified,” Roberts said. “I was thinking, ‘not a coffin.’ ”
She put the work on hold and called the state Historic Preservation office.
Dan Forrest, staff archaeologist at the state office, said the 1880s were a time “when copper-lined coffins were fairly common, especially when people died of infections.”
Forrest inspected the box last week and said it was not a casket or a coffin, but likely some sort of water tank. He said the older part of the building dates to the early 1800s, so the box may be that old.
Roberts lives at 1 North Canterbury Road. On her property are the former town clerk’s office, post office and Frink’s General Store. The box was found beneath where two buildings intersect. Read more.
TAXKORGAN, Xinjiang, (Xinhua) — Chinese archaeologists have discovered an unidentified cluster of tombs on the Pamirs Plateau, unveiling a new mystery on the crossroads of the ancient Silk Road.
Eights tombs, each two meters in diameter, were arranged on a 100-meter-long and 50-meter-wide terrace, with lines of black stones and lines of white stones stretching alongside like rays, according to the archaeology team with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences that found the tombs in Xinjiang’s Taxkorgan Tajik Autonomous County, a border region neighboring Afghanistan and Pakistan, in October.
"The tombs are peculiar. No similar ones had been detected before on the Pamirs Plateau, or even in all of Central Asia," team captain Wu Xinhua said, adding that the discovery shows a gap between their knowledge and studies, and previous findings along the Silk Road. Read more.