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July 22, 2005
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A Roman Jewish catacomb was found to predate Christian ones by at least 100 years. Radiocarbon dating shows that the Villa Torlonia catacomb, a Jewish burial site, was constructed between the first century B.C.E. and the first century C.E., long before any of Rome’s 60 Christian catacombs, according to a study released Wednesday by Utrecht University researchers.

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