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Saints buried alive in ancient Rome

By T.K. Randall
April 24, 2011 · Comment icon 11 comments

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Two skeletons found in a crypt are believed to be of two saints buried alive almost 2000 years ago.
The remains are thought to be those of Chrysanthus and Daria, a husband and wife who were killed for spreading Christianity. "This has been a very rare opportunity to be able to study bones and other relics that relate directly back to a legend that has been passed on for almost 2,000 years," says Ezio Fulcheri of the University of Genoa.
Two skeletons discovered in a crypt in an Italian cathedral are those of Christian saints who were martyred in ancient Rome, experts have claimed. Scientists say all the evidence suggests the bones do belong to Chrysanthus and Daria, who were killed in 283AD for spreading Christianity.

Source: Daily Mail | Comments (11)

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Comment icon #2 Posted by sarah snow 13 years ago
We have sarah snow to thank for this news story. Thank you Sarah Cripes, you're welcome SW I just was dumbfounded when I'd tried every trigger word and could not find it Thank you Apparently, they were martyred by being buried in a salt mine. Can they do any analysis on the bones which would substantiate this?
Comment icon #3 Posted by Device 13 years ago
Buried alive. Could have been worse though under the Romans. Very interesting: actual saints.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Terra 333 13 years ago
Try using more words with capital letters, Umbrella Squad. I hope that perhaps you might think about chilling out a bit. If that is to happen, then so be it. I fear not my God....why do you fear "yours" so much? None of the "organized" Churches of this world speak for God....neither does Sarah Palin or George Bush or Pat Robertson. God is just and he is fair...our future "is" in his hands. About your so called "Rapture Thing". Not the "people" who wrote and edited the Bible or the (new testament), nor the "people" who "allegedly" hear him speak, can speak for him......and they most definitely ... [More]
Comment icon #5 Posted by Agent. Mulder 13 years ago
Well, you do need a little leap of faith for this i guess. There are still issues obviously, as they state "He conceded there was no way to identify the skeletons with complete certainty". They take some pretty big leaps too with "The age of the female skeleton suggested that they were still a virgin, as Daria had been". Because shes aged 20 (approx.), then to them that suggest shes a virgin.
Comment icon #6 Posted by sarah snow 13 years ago
The dating evidence is at least in the ball park. Can they do analysis on the bones, to prove salt mine theory?
Comment icon #7 Posted by Paracelse 13 years ago
The age of the female skeleton suggested that they were still a virgin, as Daria had been.Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1378866/Tests-relic-bones-support-legend-Christian-saints-buried-alive-Ancient-Rome.html#ixzz1KWi3BfFY Bones never suggest anything of a such, they can only prove if the body has been pregnant (in the case of a woman) or not.... A single rib was taken from each body and ground into a fine powder for a carbon dating test which showed the bones dated back to between 80AD and 340AD.Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1378866/Test... [More]
Comment icon #8 Posted by Travelling Man 13 years ago
I think it's sad that their definition of "virgin" is a "female that never gave birth"... Good Lord, man, you can't determine sexual activity from a skeleton outside of the possibility that the person's skeletal structure wasn't deformed by the intruduction of very large item/items. This is crap science.
Comment icon #9 Posted by sarah snow 13 years ago
So can anything be determined through the bones to show that they may have lain in a salt mine?
Comment icon #10 Posted by King Fluffs 13 years ago
Comment icon #11 Posted by Atlantis Rises 13 years ago
Funny how the ancient Romans punished people for spreading Chrisitianity...while they themselves also believed and prayed to false gods....

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