Mystery As Saudi Arabian Coffin Discovered In Flooded UK Field
Walkers in the UK were given a shock when they stumbled upon a Saudi Arabian coffin in a flooded field.
Russell Moore, 49, and his sister Tracey Harper, 56, came across the lidless coffin while walking near Abington Meadows in Northampton on Boxing Day.
The wooden casket - which bears a plaque that says it originates from the Ministry of Health for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - was discovered in a field in the aftermath of the River Nene bursting its banks.
Dad-of-two Russell said it was a 'complete mystery' how the coffin ended up there.
He said: "I went out for a walk on the 25th and the whole field was flooded.
"I went for a walk there with my sister the next day. There was a lot of stuff washed up, like a go-kart and a fridge freezer.
"But then all of a sudden there was also this coffin - that was what stuck out the most.
"It was a strange thing to see and I must admit we did have a look around in case the body was nearby but we couldn't find anything else.
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"It was perfectly intact but it's a complete mystery how it got there. We thought maybe a cemetery had flooded but there isn't one nearby."
It's undoubtedly an intriguing discovery, but it's got nothing on what archaeologists in Czech Republic found earlier this month - namely a nail that may well have been used in the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
The team working in the Milevsko monastery unearthed a six-inch-long nail that was placed inside a box which has 21-karat gold cross on the front and is said to date back to between 260 and 416 AD.
The box has an inscription which translates to 'Jesus is King'.
Experts say they are unable to confirm if the nail was used for the crucifixion, but have said its discovery is 'even greater than the reliquary of St. Maurus'.
For those not in the know about Christian relic discoveries, the Maurus Reliquary is a gold box that contains fragments on the bodies of Saint Maurus, Saint John the Baptist and Saint Timothy - so it's a big deal.
Speaking to Czech News Agency (ČTK), Jiří Šindelář, who took part in the dig, said: "Because the Hussites destroyed the archive, there was no information that such a thing was here."
But experts told ČTK it's 'realistic' that a nail from the crucifixion of Jesus could have ended up at the Milev Monastery, which was 'one of the richest institutions in Czech Republic'.
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