Archaeology: Amalfi greenlights sarcophagus restoration

26 March, 17:38

The 4th-century sarcophagus found in Amalfi The 4th-century sarcophagus found in Amalfi

(ANSAmed) - NAPLES - Amalfi authorities greenlit the restoration of a 4th-century sarcophagus and two 16th-century statues found in a former Capuchin monastery, officials said Tuesday. The sarcophagus was recycled in the 13th century by local aristocracy, who decorated it with their coat of arms, then used as an altar in 1934.
Probably made by a Cistercian monk, the two tuff and polychrome plaster statues come from the Puglia region, and were discovered in a cave in Amalfi's Capuchin convent. They represent Saint Peter and Saint John the Evangelist, and are part of a group of five characters that also includes Christ, an Angel and Saint Jacob.
''This shows the administration's will to invest in preserving the city's cultural assets'', said Daniele Milano, the town council member for tourism and culture. (ANSAmed).

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