Milan church yields tombs, coins from 4th century

A small church on the outskirts of Milan containing archaeological finds from early Christendom has been declared a heritage site.

Ancient Milan church yields tombs, coins from 4th century
The remains of an infant dating to the Late Roman Empire unearthed at the
Church of Saints James and Philip [Credit: ANSA]
Excavations of the Church of Saints James and Philip, which began in March, led to discoveries that are especially important to the history of the Lombardy region and its earliest inhabitants.

Findings related to the community, once known as Nocetum, include tombs of an infant and an adult, and coins dating from the time of Roman emperor Magnentius, usurper of the empire from AD 350 to AD 353.

The church was undergoing restoration due to damage caused by humidity, and was declared to be of historical interest by the Superintendence for Cultural Heritage for Lombardy.

Source: ANSA [May 07, 2013]

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