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Dog catacomb with 8 million mummies surveyed at Saqqara

Researchers have surveyed a dog catacomb containing 8million dog mummies found near the temple of Anubis at Saqqara in Egypt. In ancient Egypt, so many people worshiped Anubis, the jackal-headed god of death, that the catacombs next to his sacred temple once held nearly 8 million mummified puppies and grown dogs,

1,400-year-old fresco of St. Paul found in catacombs

An ancient fresco depicting the apostle Paul has been found in the Catacombs of San Gennaro in Naples, Italy. A photograph released by the Vatican shows the apostle, famous for his conversion to Christianity from Judaism, with a long neck, a slightly pink complexion, thinning hair, a beard and big eyes

The Dog Catacombs of Egypt

LiveScience has posted an interesting article about the Dog Catacombs in Egypt, which contain the remains of millions of animals, mostly dogs and jackals. The Dog Catacombs, as they are known, date to 747-730 B.C., and are dedicated to the Anubis, the Egyptians' jackal-headed god of the dead. They were first

Found: Oldest painting of Christ’s apostles

Art restorers in Italy believe they have found the oldest known images of some of Jesus Christ's apostles. The faces of Apostles Andrew, John, Peter and Paul were uncovered using new laser technology in a catacomb in Rome. The paintings date from the second half of the 4th Century or

Rome catacomb reveals oldest image of St. Paul

Using laser technology, Vatican archaeologists have found in the catacombs under Rome what they believe is the oldest image in existance of St. Paul the Apostle, dating back to the 4th century. A photograph of the icon shows the thin face of a bearded man with large eyes, sunken nose and

Shedding light on the Catacombs of Rome

A team of archaeologists, architects and computer scientists have scanned, in full 3D, all 170km of the Catacombs under Rome. You can travel "through" walls, down corridors and into chambers, giving the first real sense of its beauty, scale and detail. Paintings on walls, which have not been seen in nearly 2,000

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