Cool Ancient Find Underneath Notre-Dame

In April of 2019, a fire caused damage to the 12th century Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. Renovations have been underway, and an ancient sarcophagus has been found under the foundation.

Archaeologists said the lead sarcophagus probably belonged to a high dignitary and said it could date back to the 14th century, which – if confirmed – would make it a spectacular find.

The excavation also revealed a pit immediately below the cathedral floor, which was likely to have been made around 1230, when Notre-Dame, one of the oldest examples of French Gothic, was under construction.

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