The reconstruction of Notre Dame de Paris accidentally unearthed many cultural relics, including two sarcophagi.

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[Instant News/Comprehensive Report] Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris was hit by a disaster in 2019, and its centuries-old history was almost destroyed.

However, during the reconstruction process, French scholars carried out "preventive archaeology" and accidentally unearthed many ancient artifacts.

Among them, two sarcophagi were found under the nave. One is currently identified as the high priest, and the other is inferred to be a young nobleman.

According to the Guardian, French scholars recently announced that two sarcophagi were found under the nave of Notre-Dame de Paris, and were unearthed together with 13th-century Holy Cross screens, statues and sculpture fragments.

One of the sarcophagi contained the remains of an aristocratic man in his 30s, whom the researchers named "Le Cavalier" because his pelvis suggested he was an experienced knight.

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The sarcophagus is sculpted according to the body shape of the deceased, and there are holes around the head, indicating that the body inside has been exposed to the air and is severely decomposed. Many cloth and plant materials can be found in the coffin. This kind of burial method is relatively rare in the Middle Ages. practice.

On another sarcophagus, there was a brass plaque on the steps that revealed the message of the deceased, which was confirmed to be Antoine.

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The remains of Antoine de la Porte.

Antoine, Archbishop of Notre Dame, died on Christmas Eve 1710 at the age of 83.

Eric Crubézy, a physical anthropologist at the University of Toulouse III, who oversaw the project, said the two coffins each represent a time of birth.

Zubac said that the "knight" may have been a core member of the church during his lifetime and was buried at the foot of the screen cross that separates the chancel from the nave. Most of these screens were removed from the church by the Counter-Reformation in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Quebec revealed that the "knight" died of chronic diseases. Most of his teeth were lost. From the skull, we can also see the bone deformation caused by the headdress or headband worn by the nobleman when he was a baby.

Chritophe Besnier, head of the French archaeological team Inrap (Inrap), said that if the knight's death interval fell in the second half of the 16th century or the beginning of the 17th century, it should be possible to check the exact identity. Don't know who he is.

In addition, Ou Baiqi found that Archbishop Antoine's teeth were very well maintained, especially at the age of 83. Obviously, he was well cleaned and maintained during his lifetime.

At that time, the archbishop was highly respected, and he paid a large sum of money to reorganize the choir in Notre Dame Cathedral, and Notre Dame de Paris also commissioned the Louvre Museum to leave him a painting La messe du chanoine Antoine de La Porte a year before the archbishop passed away. , is still in the Louvre Museum.