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A mass grave from the catacomb of Saints Peter and Marcellinus in Rome, second-third century AD

  • Philippe Blanchard (a1), Dominique Castex (a2), Michaël Coquerelle (a2), Raffaella Giuliani (a3) and Monica Ricciardi (a3)...

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Investigations in a catacomb revealed an early mass grave, in which the bodies were bound tightly with plaster and textile in a type of mummification. Over 100 individuals, mostly young adults, including women, were stacked in rows apparently following a communal fatal incident, perhaps an epidemic. The presence of traces of gold, silver and probably amber with many of the bodies, and their burial in an imperial property suggests a group of some status being interred in the early years of the catacomb, at the end of the second century AD or beginning of the third.

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