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Hill of Slaves Cemetery Found by Accident

July 7, 2008

For almost 2,000 years they have been sleeping there, on the hill just beyond the estuary of the Tiber: the man with a broken back due to the harbour’s very hard work, still with the coin in his mouth with which to pay Charon; the woman buried with her small mirror and few other joys of a small uneventful life; the child laid down to rest with much love and with a bracelet of various colours to enable him to buy his passage to the afterlife; the 31-year-old male born with a rare deformation of the mouth with teeth locked together whom some friends must have rudimentally tried to help by knocking off some side teeth to enable him to be fed and to breathe, even while working as a slave.

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