Korea National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage (NRICH) said that archaeologists have found pieces of a wood coffin made in the fourteenth century under Goryeo period, engraved with 20 Sanskrit words by gold powder.
This coffin was unearthed in an ancient tomb in Jeokseong commune, Sunchang district, North Jeolla province. Along with the found coffin were items used in the funeral including a green copper bowl keeping the dead hair.
Considering the size of the tomb, the objects buried with the dead and structure of the coffin, the tomb seems to belonging to a high social status at that time. Archaeologists expected to find out the age and sex of the dead from excavated hair and teeth.
With its first discovery of Sanskrit words in the late Goryeo dynasty tomb, the NRICH expected to open up researches on the Buddhist funeral culture at that time in Korea.