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“A large marble container used as a flowerpot at Blenheim Palace for 200 years has turned out to be a 1,700-year-old Roman sarcophagus.
The coffin was brought to the grounds by the fifth Duke of Marlborough in the 19th Century where it was first used as a water feature.
Until recently it featured in the palace’s rock garden displaying flowers but has since been put on display indoors to protect it.
It has been valued at £300,000.”