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Runaway cat leads to discovery of 2,000-year-old tomb

A runaway cat in Rome lead to the discovery of a 2,000-year-old tomb piled with human remains.

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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Story: Tom Kington, The Guardian | Photo: Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters

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