VIDEO: Archaeologists Uncover Clues About Women in Early Christianity: San Miceli Excavations
Story by Carina O. Prestes
In 2014 an archaeological team from Andrews University (Mich.) began excavating a fourth-century funerary basilica and its surrounding settlement known as San Miceli. The goal was to investigate the emergence of Christianity in late antiquity. The site, located in Salemi, on the west side of Sicily (Southern Italy), preserves the remains of one of the earliest known Christian churches (left) and was first discovered by archaeologist Antonino Salinas in 1893. During the last five years, the university team has uncovered three different periods of occupation of the church building (fourth to sixth centuries); a baptistry; a surrounding cemetery (necropolis); and an adjacent rustic villa. While reviewing previous excavation reports, they noticed something especially interesting about Tomb 54.
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