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date: 18 June 2024


The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Archaeology

Timothy Darvill

[MC]An underground cemetery comprising a complex of passageways, burial niches, and recessed chambers cut into the living rock. Established during imperial times in Rome, the catacombs later came to be closely associated with the burial places of Christian and Jewish communities. The name was first applied to the example in Rome and then extended in its meaning to include all similar structures.... ...

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