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Opus reticulatum

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Opus reticulatum Tomb (Tomb D)

The name of this tomb derives from the structure of its walls, made of small blocks of pumice, in a pattern known as "opus reticulatum."

The funeral room is still covered by the ceiling; on its walls there are many niches with cineraria.

A wall built during the Constantinian era closed the entrance of the tomb; a large terracota pipe has been placed in it, either to facilitate the flow of water, or as a probable drain.

From: 'Guide to the Vatican Necropolis' by Michele Basso, Fabbrica di S. Pietro


P. Zander. The Vatican Necropolis, in "Roma Sacra", 25, Roma 2003
Margherita Guarducci, The Tomb of St Peter, Hawthorn Books, 1960
John Evangelist Walsh, The Bones of St Peter, New York, 1982
J. Toynbee - J.W. Perkins. The Shrine of St Peter and the Vatican Excavations, London 1956
Michele Basso. Guide to the Vatican Necropolis, Fabbrica di S. Pietro in Vaticano, 1986



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