The Mystery of the Notre Dame Sarcophagus Is About to Be Solved
A lead sarcophagus from the 14th century was found last month under the Paris cathedral.
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It's probable that the sarcophagus contains the remains of a high dignitary, given the importance of their final resting place, according to the National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research.
"The entire right-of-way is covered by a stone floor, dated no later than XVIII century. It includes many burials and is based on levels of occupation dating from the XIV century," said the institute's March press release describing the finding. "Among the graves uncovered, a fully preserved anthropomorphic sarcophagus made of lead was uncovered."