419Discovery Proves to be Apostle Peter's Burial Ground
- Apr 5, 2003Vatican Discovery Proves to be Apostle Peter's Burial Ground
An important archaeological discovery was made in the Vatican when a
site for construction of car parking was being cleared.
Archaeologists discovered an ancient necropolis of the times of St.
Apostle Peter, the same that is mentioned in the Gospel. Now this
version is studied by historians; if it proves true, this in its turn
will confirm another hypothesis suggested by historian Magrherita
Guarducci. She supposes that an entombment of St. Apostle Peter was
found under the altar that is situated under the St.Peter's basilica
This version has been waiting for confirmation or refutation since
Director of Vatican museums Francesco Buranelli and archbishop
Francesco Marchisano, "the minister of the Vatican cultural wealth",
have confirmed that the discovery is of top-priority importance. The
statement was made at the time when archaeologists haven't yet
provided final conclusions concerning the discovery.
At the site of archeological dig historians discovered remains, two
sarcophagi, Christian and pagan, floor mosaic, amphora, fragments of
terracotta articles. But further digging changed opinion of the
scientists. Necropolis dated from the Nero epoch includes both,
Christian and pagan entombments. Buranelli says: "These are first
burial grounds of Christians, the first made after those found under
the St.Peter's basilica in the Vatican, the first after Saint Apostle
Peter's grave. We made a decision to present the findings in a
complete historical condition as soon as the works will be finished."
Translated by Maria Gousseva
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