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The lead coffin archaeologists found in the abandoned ancient city of Gabii, Italy could contain a gladiator or bishop.
U-M classical studies professor and Gabii project director Nicola Terrenato carries out the ceremonial first blow to officially open the campaign of excavations at Gabii, Italy in June 2009
Troweling begins on the first day of excavations at Gabii, Italy in June 2009.
U-M classical studies doctoral student Evelyn Adkins instructs U-M undergraduate student Jessie Lipkowitz about documentation in the field.
U-M classical studies doctoral student Ivan Cangemi, Daven Reagan, U-M classical studies researcher Matthew Harrington and
PhD student (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) Elizabeth C. Robinson. record an architectural feature.
Noah Eckert, a student at SUNY-Albany, U-M undergraduate Bailey Benson and U-M classical studies doctoral student Laura Banducci take part in the largest American dig in Italy in the past 50 years.
Archaeologists unearthed a lead coffin buried 11 miles east of Rome, an exceedingly rare find for this region in this time period.
U-M classical studies professor Nicola Terrenato leads the Gabii project.
Gabii project field director Anna Gallone brushes dirt away from the lead-encased burial.
The lead coffin is hoisted by crane on to a waiting truck.
Photos courtesy of Jeffrey Becker, managing director of the Gabii project, McMaster University