By Leppy Pardalis
Archaeologists have made a remarkable discovery while excavating the site of a planned Leicester Cathedral visitor centre.
The Tories’ sense of shame was unearthed during the work, which is part of a £12.7m renovation of the ancient site.
The dig has already yielded more than 100 final resting places of local people dating back centuries.
There is as yet no indication as to when or why the sense of shame was buried in Leicester. It may have been a matter of chance, as was evidently the case with the burial of King Richard III in what eventually became a car park in the city.
Lead archaeologist Dr Trapelia Corticola said: “A member of the team unearthed this particularly rare and exciting item while investigating a row of graves. This is one of the most remarkably well-preserved senses of shame I’ve ever examined. In fact, such is the excellence of its condition that I find myself wondering whether it was ever used at all before being consigned to the earth.
“The manner of its interment was also quite extraordinary. Although the sense of shame is only a small and slight thing - a sort of gauzy wisp barely the size of a packet of cigarettes - it was placed in a stout lead box about the size of an egg carton, which was sealed with molten lead.
“This was in turn sealed into another lead box which was wrapped in stout iron chains, and that box was placed in a thick-walled iron casket which was sealed with molten brass, wrapped in sheets of yet more lead and finally buried 20 feet down beneath a five-ton slab of granite. Whoever took all of these precautions clearly didn’t want the sense of shame ever to be seen or heard from again.”
The boxes will now be carbon dated in an attempt to discover whether the Tories got rid of their sense of shame in the 19th century, the 18th or at at even earlier point in history.