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A man with a metal detector found an extraordinary 1,800-year-old Roman grave while he was searching a farmer's field in the United Kingdom.
The phallic object is large, thick, made of leather filled with bristles, and has a wooden tip.
Richard III suffered from a spine curving condition known as adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, but he hid the condition from the public.
Injuries suggest the man may have participated in a form of jousting called tourney.
Far from being a romantic scene, the burial represent a human sacrifice in which the man was killed to be entombed with the woman.
The names of the dead remain a mystery, but the excavation suggests they were poor. Continue reading →
People were laid to rest without coffins, and even without shrouds, confirming the cemetery was mainly for the poor.
Richard III's tombstone was lowered into place overnight, marking the king's final resting place in Leicester cathedral. Continue reading →
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