of solid brickwork set in clay a massive stone coffer was found lying due magnetic north and south.
It is only the great solidity of this coffer which has preserved the contents.
The pieces were thus firmly held in their place, and the contents of the coffer were found intact.
This was almost certainly the shock of an earthquake, and the same shock probably caused the split in the stone lid of the coffer itself.
Mr Peppe presented the coffer and vases with specimens of the jewelry to the museum at Calcutta where they still are.