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An 800-year-old coffin was damaged when a family visiting the Prittlewell Priory Museum in Southend, England, decided to put their child inside the relic on Aug. 4, according to the Southend Echo.
In doing so, the stone sarcophagus was knocked off the pedestal it had been resting on, causing a chunk of the side to fall off.
The perpetrators were caught on CCTV, BBC reported. They ran off after the item fell and didn’t report it to staff.
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“Starr heard a thump and that was the first indication something had happened,” Clair Reed, a museum conservator, said.
During an address in Priory Park, Executive Councilor for Culture Ann Holland said the damage to the artifact was being examined. She predicted that repairing the item would be “very expensive.”
Holland vowed, however, that the repairs would be done due to the importance of the item to the facility.
“Unfortunately there was an incident at Prittlewell Priory last week,” she said. “The museums conservator is currently assessing the damage to the coffin and will carry out the repair using materials and techniques suited to the object.”
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Holland also revealed plans to prevent further damage in the future, revealing that Prittlewell would be upping security measures on their displays.
“To prevent future damage we now feel that the coffin needs to be completely enclosed and the curatorial team are assessing how this can best be done,” she said.
According to BBC, the coffin was found on the priory’s grounds in 1921. Inside was a skeleton believed to have belonged to a senior monk.
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