Opening up a Roman Coffin

It’s not every day that you get a phone call from an excited colleague saying “we’ve found a Roman sarcophagus – can you grab your video camera and come out?”.

This short film (hosted by the fabulous Vimeo) shows just how exciting archaeology can be!

Opening a Roman Coffin from Wessex Archaeology on Vimeo.

There is a shortened (10 minute) version on YouTube for the masses. But Vimeo wins hands down for video quality.

For the more technically inclined reader, the film was made with a Sony DCR-TRV50E MiniDV camcorder without a tripod (the tripod head went walkies), and was edited in iMovie ’08 on a Mac.

More information about the burial can be found at Wessex Archaeology.

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