Archeologists excavating ancient Roman ruins recently uncovered a mysterious lead coffin weighing almost 1,000 pounds. Not only is the metal slab bizarrely heavy, but its also folded over its encased corpse like a “burrito”.
Some baffled experts speculate that a notable figure from the 3rd Century AD must have been given the rare honor of a sheet-metal burial, but others speculate the coffin was meant not as an honor, but to keep the dead man from getting out.
Managing Director of the project, Jeffrey Becker, points out just how little is known about the find:
“All we can say so far about the contents is that the lead wrapping contains a human skeleton — or at least a portion thereof — as there is visible bone at the open, foot-end of the sarcophagus.”
What makes the discovery all the more strange is that Romans were not normally buried in coffins at all, and when they were it was always wooden.
Because the Romans didn’t embalm their dead, instead burying the washed body in a shallow grave, it stands to reason that a zombie from that era would have no trouble clawing back the surface.
Clearly, there is no evidence of a widespread zombie outbreak in ancient Rome, but if a traveling warrior or nobleman did return home with an unknown sickness that caused him to slowly die then rise from his grave, this mysterious lead casket just may have been the practicle solution that his terrified family finally settled on.