Pyramid Mummy Unearthed During Ancient Rome Metro Works

This Ancient Rome-era skeleton found by workmen digging up an underground metro station in Rome has been dubbed the ‘Pyramid Mummy’.

According to reports, the first skeleton, identified as a male, was found in front of the Piramide underground station near Piazzale Ostiense in the western Italian capital Rome on 20th September.

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Skeletons found in Rome metro station

Two further skeletons, a mother and a child, were found on 30th September in the same area.

According to local media, workmen were excavating the metro facilities when they came across an ancient human skeleton that was reportedly intact.

The area was immediately cordoned off as the authorities began investigating the mystery of the ‘Pyramid Mummy’, as dubbed by local media.

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Skeletons found in Rome metro station

According to a spokesperson for the Special Superintendency for the Archaeological Heritage of Rome, the skeleton originated from the era of the Roman Empire, but its exact age has yet to be established.

After the ancient remains of a mother and child were found in the same area 10 days later, it is believed the trio was a family and their burial could form part of the Necropolis of Via Ostiense, one of the best preserved ancient cemeteries in Rome.

The child’s remains were placed between the woman’s hip and knee, indicating that she was probably the mother.

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Skeletons found in Rome metro station

They were both found with metal nails around the bones, suggesting they had been buried in a box, probably a wooden coffin that had eroded away over the centuries.

The archaeological analysis on the three skeletons is ongoing.

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