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Found in Rome's catacombs: oldest known images of Apostles

June 23, 2010

Archeologists in Rome have discovered the oldest known images of the Apostles.

Using laser technology to peel away layers of stone that had built up over the centuries, workers uncovered a series of frescoes depicting Sts. Peter, Paul, Andrew, and John in the catacomb of St. Tecla. The Pontifical Commission for Sacred Archeology, announcing the find on June 22, said that the images appear to date from the late 4th or early 5th century.


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