• Short Summary

    During the construction of a new highway which will join Rome with the new international airport at Fiumicino an ancient Roman necropolis was brought to light at Ostia Antica by bull-dosers which were being used to level the ground.

  • Description

    During the construction of a new highway which will join Rome with the new international airport at Fiumicino an ancient Roman necropolis was brought to light at Ostia Antica by bull-dosers which were being used to level the ground. Large marble slabs stopped the machine and a closer inspection showed that a vast burial place dating to the 1st or 2nd century A.D. had been discovered.

    The tombs are rather modest and apparently were used to house the bodies of the lower strata of the population and of freed slaves who were known as "liberti". In the tombs are clay pots containing the ashes of the dead. Some graves contains embalmed bodies, and the skeletons of these are well preserved and will be carefully studied.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6DC7UCMLOZOC6C70Y6NELVDE1
    Media URN:
    VLVA6DC7UCMLOZOC6C70Y6NELVDE1
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/03/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:07:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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