Rome may not exactly be short of catacombs, but one discovered this week is more deserving of the name than the city's countless other subterranean burial chambers. For Mirko Curti stumbled into a 2,000-year-old tomb piled with bones while chasing a wayward moggy yards from his apartment building.
Curti and a friend were
following the cat at 10pm on Tuesday when it scampered towards a low
tufa rock cliff close to his home near Via di Pietralata in a
residential area of the city. "The cat managed to get into a grotto and
we followed the sound of its miaowing," he said.
Inside the small
opening in the cliff the two men found themselves surrounded by niches
dug into the rock similar to those used by the Romans to hold funeral
urns, while what appeared to be human bones littered the floor.
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