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Archaeologia Cantiana Vol. 14 -1882  pages 36
ROMAN LEAD COFFIN DISCOVERED AT CANTERBURY By C. Roach Smith, F.S.A.  Continued

As the Society of Antiquaries has passed over this interesting work of Roman art, I forward to you Mr. Pilbrow's drawing, feeling that it is quite worthy of being engraved, and placed by the side of other examples given by the Kent Archeological Society. There was, at first, some hesitation in appropriating this coffin to its proper class. This was dispelled, beyond doubt, by the discovery, a few years since, of a similar coffin in a Roman cemetery attached to the castrum at Irchester, near Wellingborough. Sir Henry Dryden kindly sent to me a drawing and 

rubbings of the ornaments upon the Irchester coffin; they are precisely similar to those upon the Canterbury example, * which is, I hope, preserved in the museum of our Metropolis.
                          Believe me, my dear Sir,
                                    Yours most truly,
                                                 C. ROACH SMITH.
To the Rev. Canon Scott Robertson.
   * Engraved in Plate xix a, Collectanea Antiqua, vol. vii., 
             figs. 1 to 3.

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