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Untouched Roman Sarcophagi Found
Ansa ^ | 12-6-2005

Posted on 12/06/2005 1:06:37 PM PST by blam

Untouched Roman sarcophagi found

Rare burial trove dates back to Imperial times

(ANSA) - Rome, December 6 - Italian archaeologists have found a remarkable trove of five untouched Roman sarcophagi in a burial vault outside Rome .

"It's really rare to find so many sarcophagi that have never been profaned or even opened - as can be seen by the intact lead clasps on their edges," said the head of the dig, Stefano Musco .

He said the sarcophagi dated from the II century AD and probably contained the remains of the wealthy residents of a villa that once stood in the area - now a building site on Rome's north-eastern outskirts .

All the sarcophagi are marble and all decorated, leading archaeologists to suppose they could have been made for a prominent aristocratic family .

One of them is much smaller than the others and believed to contain the remains of a small child .

The largest sarcophagus is decorated with lion's head masks and a central relief showing a reclining couple - a motif that dates back to Etruscan times.

Rome anthropologist Paola Catalano said she hoped the skeletons and funerary objects would provide information on burial rites and the lifestyles and social position of the dead, "even though the acidity of the terrain and rainwater has already corroded the marble." The sarcophagi will be moved to the Museo Nazionale Romano at Diocletian's Baths, while the burial site will be preserved as a green area .

The apartment buildings that were to have gone up over the tombs will be moved to a nearby site


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ancientautopsies; etruscans; found; godsgravesglyphs; helixmakemineadouble; roman; romanempire; sarcophagi; untouched

1 posted on 12/06/2005 1:06:39 PM PST by blam
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To: SunkenCiv

GGG Ping.


2 posted on 12/06/2005 1:07:32 PM PST by blam
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To: blam

Did they touch it when they found it? Enquiring minds want to know.


3 posted on 12/06/2005 1:08:04 PM PST by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com)
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To: blam

Maybe scientists can clone ancient Romans from the remains!


4 posted on 12/06/2005 1:08:44 PM PST by evets (God bless president Bush!)
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To: blam

Wonder if there are any religious artifacts buried inside those sarcophagi.


5 posted on 12/06/2005 1:11:37 PM PST by Ciexyz (Let us always remember, the Lord is in control.)
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To: blam

Ilove this stuff!


6 posted on 12/06/2005 1:13:31 PM PST by exDemocratbutnotRepubican
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To: evets

Wasn't Bill Clinton cloned from Caligula?


7 posted on 12/06/2005 1:19:31 PM PST by the gillman@blacklagoon.com (“Don't let anyone tell you we can't control our borders,”)
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To: blam

Did it have a Gouaould in it?


8 posted on 12/06/2005 1:22:02 PM PST by Crawdad (So the guy says to the doctor, "It hurts when I do this.")
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To: Skywalk

Roman ping, pumpkin.


9 posted on 12/06/2005 1:26:24 PM PST by radiohead (Hey Kerry, I'm still here. Still hating your lying, stinking guts, you coward.)
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To: evets

Why would we want to do that? I'm sure you know
what passed as fun and games for the average Roman.


10 posted on 12/06/2005 1:27:50 PM PST by golch1979 ("Captain Sobol, we solute the rank, not the man.")
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To: blam
sarcophagus

"Is Greek word!" Actually, two Greek words, in Latinized form. The "sarco-" part means "flesh," and "phag" comes from the verb, "to eat." So a "sarcophagus" is a place where . . . the flesh is eaten.

11 posted on 12/06/2005 1:28:45 PM PST by Charles Henrickson (I teach Greek.)
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To: the gillman@blacklagoon.com
Wasn't Bill Clinton cloned from Caligula?

I always thought he was cloned from "Incitatus".
From cells in the "south end".
12 posted on 12/06/2005 1:30:08 PM PST by Kozak (Anti Shahada: " There is no God named Allah, and Muhammed is his False Prophet")
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To: blam
"It's really rare to find so many sarcophagi that have never been profaned or even opened - as can be seen by the intact lead clasps on their edges," said the head of the dig, Stefano Musco .

Rome anthropologist Paola Catalano said she hoped the skeletons and funerary objects would provide information on burial rites and the lifestyles and social position of the dead, "even though the acidity of the terrain and rainwater has already corroded the marble." The sarcophagi will be moved to the Museo Nazionale Romano at Diocletian's Baths, while the burial site will be preserved as a green area .

So they are going to profane and open the grave then?

13 posted on 12/06/2005 1:31:58 PM PST by frogjerk (LIBERALISM - Being miserable for no good reason)
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To: Charles Henrickson
Sarkophagos is a Greek word...originally meaning "carnivorous" or "cannibal" but also applied to a sarcophagus.
14 posted on 12/06/2005 1:58:23 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: the gillman@blacklagoon.com

"Wasn't Bill Clinton cloned from Caligula?"

Nah, he was cloned from the Emperor Tiberius, who according to Suetonius, gave depravity a bad name.


15 posted on 12/06/2005 2:01:17 PM PST by KamperKen
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To: Kozak

" I always thought he was cloned from "Incitatus".
From cells in the "south end".

LOL! Great one!


16 posted on 12/06/2005 2:02:17 PM PST by KamperKen
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To: the gillman@blacklagoon.com

Thought Hitlery had "done away" with that oddball piece of info....


17 posted on 12/06/2005 2:06:10 PM PST by litehaus
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To: blam

So they are going to loot these tombs? Oh, I understand its in the interest of "science". I guess thats okay.


18 posted on 12/06/2005 2:12:05 PM PST by stumpy
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To: KamperKen

Tibillious Grabbass.


19 posted on 12/06/2005 2:23:16 PM PST by the gillman@blacklagoon.com (“Don't let anyone tell you we can't control our borders,”)
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To: the gillman@blacklagoon.com

No, wait, it had to be Caligula, because like him, Bill made his horse a Senator!


20 posted on 12/06/2005 2:24:52 PM PST by the gillman@blacklagoon.com (“Don't let anyone tell you we can't control our borders,”)
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To: blam

I hate too when somebody touches my Sarcophagi.


21 posted on 12/06/2005 2:28:05 PM PST by austinite
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To: blam

Man, I can barely fit the word "sarcophagi" into conversation once a year at best, and this lucky author got it in five times in one short article - six if you count the headline!


22 posted on 12/06/2005 2:55:01 PM PST by Turbopilot (Nothing in the above post is or should be construed as legal research, analysis, or advice.)
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To: blam
"It's really rare to find so many sarcophagi that have never been profaned or even opened..."

How dare you profane this place with your presence?



23 posted on 12/06/2005 3:03:18 PM PST by Only1choice____Freedom (I alone, am the chosen one. Because I alone, did the choosing.)
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To: blam; FairOpinion; Ernest_at_the_Beach; StayAt HomeMother; 24Karet; 3AngelaD; asp1; ...
Fabulous! Thanks Blam.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list. Thanks.
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24 posted on 12/06/2005 9:44:27 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Down with Dhimmicrats! I last updated my FR profile on Wednesday, November 2, 2005.)
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To: Kozak
I always thought he was cloned from "Incitatus". From cells in the "south end".

Wow. That was seriously a geek's kind of joke! Loved it! :)

25 posted on 12/06/2005 10:54:30 PM PST by Hetty_Fauxvert (Kelo must GO!! ..... http://sonoma-moderate.blogspot.com/)
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To: blam

Neat...... I love this stuff


26 posted on 12/07/2005 4:26:35 AM PST by Dustbunny (Main Stream Media -- Making 'Max Headroom' a reality.)
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To: the gillman@blacklagoon.com
Wasn't Bill Clinton cloned from Caligula?

Naw, that was Hillary. Bill was cloned from some roving barbarian.

27 posted on 12/07/2005 2:01:38 PM PST by madison10
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To: Ciexyz
Wonder if there are any religious artifacts buried inside those sarcophagi.

Perhaps there will be a follow up article or documentary. I'll lay odds that there are at least two coins in each one though.

28 posted on 12/07/2005 2:06:49 PM PST by DeFault User
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