150 graves were found in the ancient Christian necropolis

150 graves were found in the ancient Christian necropolis

2 July 2020, 23:20
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Archaeologists during the excavation of the Christian necropolis in the French city of Autun found about 150 different graves: from large sarcophagi to wooden coffins and pits lined with terracotta tiles. Several coffins have a cruciform design, one was in a stone sarcophagus that remained sealed for 1,500 years. Not many artifacts were found near the remains: the burial rites of Christians differed from pagan ones, providing for the burial of jewelry, weapons and household items.

The city of Autun was built by order of the Emperor Augustus. This settlement was intended as the capital of the Celtic aedui people, who supported Julius Caesar during the Gallic wars. The city survived the conquest by the Germans, the Franks, and the expansion of the Umayyad Caliphate. In the first half of the IV century, a Church was built here near the cemetery. Archaeologists hope that the latest findings will reveal new information about Christian burial practices in the late period of ancient Gaul.

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