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[Ar]

A wooden box used to contain a human corpse prior to burial and usually deposited in the grave or cremated with the body. Many different kinds of coffin can be recognized from archaeological evidence, including plank‐built examples (sometimes represented only by the nails that pinned the planks together) and monoxylous coffins made from one piece of timber. Coffins are culturally highly distinctive.

Subjects: Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE).


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