Valued at almost £300,000, an ancient Roman sarcophagus has been found in Blenheim Palace (Oxfordshire, England), where it served as a flowerpot for over 100 years.
The discovery happened by accident when the conservators took a closer look at the 2-meter-long and weighing about 400 kg object. As it turned out, the reliefs on the front of the sarcophagus base date back to the 3rd century CE and show the drunken god of wine Dionysus and a satyr. They are also surrounded by Hercules and Ariadne.
The ancient object, where tulips used to grow, will now be located in the basement of the palace, where tourists will be able to admire the sarcophagus.