A 1,700-year-old lead coffin has been unearthed in a field.
The Roman artefact, thought to contain the remains of a child, has been described as a "unique find" and the first of its kind in this area.
Members of a metal detecting club were searching a farmer's field, a few miles to the west of Hinckley, when one heard a beep.
Chris Wright, said: "I had one of the those feelings when I first detected it, and when I dug down a little way and found nothing, I realised it would be something big.
"There's a lot of history in that area, but it could just as easily have been an old iron or some other junk."