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 been cremated -- were buried in the same spot, apparently at the same time.
Forensic tests are being carried out to try to establish whether the Romans suffered violent deaths, or were victims of an undocumented epidemic or natural disaster.
Saturday, May 20, 2006
BLUTO, FLOUNDER, OTTER DISCOVERED
Toga. Toga. Toga. From the Telegraph:
Likely cause of death: Individual acts of perversion so profound and disgusting that decorum prohibits listing them here.