May 23, 2006

Strange finds in the catacombs

New and unexpected discoveries are turning up all the time, even at sites long known and apparently well-explored:

Archaeologists exploring one of Rome's oldest catacombs are baffled by neat piles of more than 1,000 skeletons dressed in elegant togas. . .

The archaeologists are unable to explain why so many apparently upper-class Romans - who would normally have been cremated - were buried in the same spot, apparently at the same time. . .

The skeletons were dressed in fine robes, many containing gold thread, and wrapped in sheets covered with lime, as was common in early Christian burials.

The discovery was made at the Catacomb of SS Peter and Marcellinus on the ancient Via Labicana in south-east Rome.

From the Telegraph.

Posted by David on May 23, 2006 8:21 AM

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