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  • What the catacombs tell us about early Christians

    12/01/2013 10:17:06 AM PST · by NYer · 35 replies
    Rome Reports ^ | December 1, 2013
    December 1, 2013. History, religion and archeology are all nestled in the Roman catacombs of Priscilla. One of the most recent discoveries is a fresco depicting Lazarus rising from the dead. The fresco is centuries old, but now thanks to new technology it has been restored with the use of lasers.    BARBARA MAZZEI Restorative Museum, The Catacombs of Priscilla  “In one of the areas we restored we found a representation of Lazarus rising from the dead. In addition to that, it's also interesting to see that they drew images of Peter and Paul accompanying the dead. Two martyrs of...
  • Google Maps teams up with the Vatican: The 'Catacombs of Priscilla' go digital

    11/20/2013 2:17:38 PM PST · by NYer · 14 replies
    Rome Reports ^ | November 20, 2013
    November 20, 2013 (Romereports.com) For years, these Roman catacombs were closed off, but now the Vatican has decided to open them completely for the world to see. In fact, thanks to Google Maps, people from every corner of the globe see the catacombs of Priscilla. The Pontifical Commission for Sacred Archeology, which is headed by Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, agreed to give the catacombs a digital presence.      CARD. GIANFRANCO RAVASI President, Pontifical Commission for Sacred Archeology  “This is actually the first time that something like this happens. It was carried out by Google Maps and you'll be able to see...
  • Lasers uncover first icons of Sts. Peter and Paul (from 4th century)

    06/23/2010 1:37:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | June 23, 2009 | NICOLE WINFIELD
    ROME Twenty-first century laser technology has opened a window into the early days of the Catholic Church, guiding researchers through the dank, musty catacombs beneath Rome to a startling find: the first known icons of the apostles Peter and Paul. Vatican officials unveiled the paintings Tuesday, discovered along with the earliest known images of the apostles John and Andrew in an underground burial chamber beneath an office building on a busy street in a working-class Rome neighborhood. The images, which date from the second half of the 4th century, were uncovered using a new laser technique that allows restorers...
  • Archaeologists Find Oldest Paintings of Apostles in Roman Catacombs

    06/22/2010 8:32:35 PM PDT · by Fred · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | 062210 | AP
    The earliest known icons of the Apostles Peter and Paul have been discovered in a catacomb under an eight-story modern office building in a working-class neighborhood of Rome. fox news ROME The earliest known icons of the Apostles Peter and Paul have been discovered in a catacomb under an eight-story modern office building in a working-class neighborhood of Rome, Vatican officials said Tuesday.
  • Roman archaeologists find oldest images of Apostles in a catacomb

    06/22/2010 9:36:41 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Faith World ^ | Jun 22, 2010
    Archaeologists and art restorers using new laser technology have discovered what they believe are the oldest paintings of the faces of Jesus Christs Apostles. The images in a branch of the catacombs of St Tecla near St Pauls Basilica, just outside the walls of ancient Rome, were painted at the end of the 4th century or the start of the 5th century.
  • Bones In Togas Puzzle Vatican Arhaeologists

    05/20/2006 7:30:15 PM PDT · by blam · 42 replies · 1,612+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-21-2006 | Nick Pisa
    Bones in togas puzzle Vatican archaeologists By Nick Pisa in Rome (Filed: 21/05/2006) Archaeologists exploring one of Rome's oldest catacombs are baffled by neat piles of more than 1,000 skeletons dressed in elegant togas. The macabre find emerged as teams of historians slowly picked their way through the complex network of underground burial chambers, which stretch for miles under the city. They say the tomb, which has been dated to the first century AD, is the first known example of a "mass burial". The archaeologists are unable to explain why so many apparently upper-class Romans - who would normally have...
  • The Face of Jesus

    08/09/2009 2:10:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 35 replies · 2,293+ views
    ic ^ | August 6, 2009 | Janine Langan
    We know very little about Christian imaging before the fourth century. Persecutions and other upheavals have erased all but traces, making the tantalizing remnant all the more fascinating. Anyone searching for images of Christ is struck by an astonishing fact: There are hardly any direct representations of him. Those one finds are bare sketches, focused not on Christ himself, but on the miracle he is performing, or the wonder of the crowd watching. Catacomb paintings do not depict Christ personally, but the life he brings, and the joy of initiation into that life. They are about the miraculous...
  • Indiana Jones and the Christian catacombs? Not quite

    07/28/2009 1:34:14 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies · 1,516+ views
    cns ^ | July 23, 2009 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Sometimes a job is just a job, even when from the outside it looks like it involves the stuff of an Indiana Jones movie. Fabrizio Bisconti is the newly named archaeological superintendent of the Pontifical Commission for Sacred Archaeology, which oversees the upkeep and preservation of 140 Christian catacombs from the third and fourth centuries scattered all over Italy. Most of the time, he said, the job is just work and study. Staff members can spend a full month with surgical tools and cotton balls cleaning a third-century sarcophagus, but then there are those stunning, shocking,...
  • Shedding light on the Catacombs of Rome

    05/06/2009 12:00:41 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 11 replies · 657+ views
    bbc.co.uk ^ | Sunday, 3 May 2009 | Duncan Kennedy
    Rome's underground Christian, Jewish and pagan burial sites, the Catacombs, date back to the 2nd Century AD. There are more than 40 of them stretching over 170km (105 miles). But, until now, they have never been fully documented, their vast scale only recorded with handmade maps. That is now changing, following a three-year project to create the first fully comprehensive three-dimensional image using laser scanners.
  • New Life Found In Ancient Tombs [ Catacombs of Saint Callistus in Rome ]

    10/04/2008 5:35:06 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies · 482+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | September 24, 2008 | Society for General Microbiology, via EurekAlert!
    The two new species of bacteria found growing on the walls of the Roman tombs may help protect our cultural heritage monuments, according to research... The Catacombs of Saint Callistus are part of a massive graveyard that covers 15 hectares [37 acres], equivalent to more than 20 football pitches. The underground tombs were built at the end of the 2nd Century AD and were named after Pope Saint Callistus I. More than 30 popes and martyrs are buried in the catacombs. "Bacteria can grow on the walls of these underground tombs and often cause damage," said Professor Dr Clara Urz...
  • Martyrs Or Imperial Guard?

    05/18/2008 7:19:55 PM PDT · by blam · 6 replies · 101+ views
    Archaeology Magazine ^ | 5-15-2008 | Sarah Yeomans
    Martyrs or Imperial Guard? May 15, 2008 by Sarah Yeomans New discoveries in the catacombs of San Pietro and Marcellinus Details of faces7th century fresco devotional fresco (The Pontifical Commission of Sacred Archaeology) When a sinkhole opened up after a pipe broke underneath the convent and school of the Instituto Sacra Famiglia on Rome's Via Casilina, the sisters there received a surprise--about 1,200 surprises, in fact. The partial collapse of the building's foundation revealed five large chambers in which the remains of more than a thousand individuals had been interred almost simultaneously sometime at the beginning of the third century...
  • Underground terrorists with a mission to save citys neglected heritage

    09/28/2007 11:04:30 PM PDT · by james500 · 8 replies · 193+ views
    By day, Lazar Kunstmann is a typically avant-garde Parisian, an urbane, well-spoken video film editor who hangs out in the fashionable Latin Quarter. By night he inhabits a strange and secret world with its base in the tunnels beneath the French capital the world of the urban explorers. Mr Kunstmann belongs to les UX, a clandestine network that is on a mission to discover and exploit the citys neglected underworld. The urban explorers put on film shows in underground galleries, restore medieval crypts and break into monuments after dark to organise plays and readings. In the eyes of their...
  • Mussolini home Jewish graves opened [ Jewish catacombs ]

    07/30/2007 9:32:19 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies · 253+ views
    ANSA News in English ^ | July 26, 2007 | unattributed
    The Jewish catacombs under Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini's Rome villa are being restored and readied for visitors. "It's going to take several months to prepare the site and make it safe," said the head of Italy's Jewish Cultural Heritage Foundation, Bruno Orvieto. "We have to be very careful because there are delicate wall paintings down there that date back some 1,800 years," he stressed... However, a sneak preview of the 3rd and 4th century AD catacombs will be possible on September 2, when the European Day of Jewish Culture will be celebrated in 30 countries, including 55 sites around Italy....
  • 1,000 Skeletons Found In Rome Catacombs

    06/23/2006 2:18:46 PM PDT · by blam · 25 replies · 1,251+ views
    Scotsman ^ | 6-23-2006 | Nick Pisa
    1,000 skeletons found in Rome catacombs NICK PISA IN ROME ARCHAELOGISTS exploring one of Rome's oldest catacombs have discovered more than 1,000 skeletons dressed in elegant togas. Experts are thrilled by the find - which dates from about the first century - as it is the first "mass burial" of its kind identified. Mystery surrounds why so many bodies were neatly piled together in the complex network of underground burial chambers, which stretch for miles under the city. It was the custom then for Rome's upper classes to be burnt not buried, so it is thought the skeletons may be...
  • Christian Catacombs May Have Jewish Origin

    07/22/2005 3:31:26 PM PDT · by blam · 23 replies · 707+ views
    Yahoo News/Live Science ^ | 7-20-2005 | Michael Schirber
    Christian Catacombs May Have Jewish Origin Michael Schirber LiveScience Staff Writer Wed Jul 20, 1:43 PM ET The Roman catacombs are intricate labyrinths of burial chambers that were built roughly between the third and fifth century AD. They are considered among the most important relics of early Christianity. But a recent study of a Jewish catacomb in Rome finds that it was started a century before the oldest known Christian versions. In addition to the 60 Christian catacombs that have survived in Rome, there are two Jewish catacombs, which are distinguishable by the decorative artwork and inscriptions that were used....