Ancient Burial Sites Found Beside Rome’s Stadio Olimpico


The elaborate marble coffins were probably the final resting place of the children of a wealthy Roman family.

The following article, written by Nick Squires, appears on The Telegraph

Two ancient Roman sarcophagi have been unearthed by chance close to Rome’s modern-day football stadium. The marble coffins boast elaborate bas-reliefs and were probably the final resting place of the children of a wealthy Roman family.

They were discovered by chance when an energy utility company started digging in the area in order to lay pipelines and cables.

The utility company notified the authorities who sent in a team of archeologists to carefully excavate the tombs.

Experts said the sarcophagi appear to date from the third or fourth century AD.

They were removed from the site and taken to a study centre in Rome where they will be cleaned, dated and analysed. Continue reading at The Telegraph. 

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