Two skeletons attributed to two married martyrs from the third century could be authentic, say researchers taking part in a new National Geographic Society documentary.
“All of the evidence we have gathered points toward the relics having belonged to Chrysanthus and Daria,” said investigation leader Ezio Fulcheri of the University of Genoa. “This has been a very rare opportunity to be able to study bones and other relics that relate directly back to a legend that has been passed on for almost 2,000 years. The completeness of the skeletons is also rare for martyrs of this era, implying that these relics were protected and venerated in their entirety at a very early point in history.”
The remains of the saints, martyred around 283 A.D. for spreading Christianity, are said to have been interred in the crypt of the cathedral in the northern Italian city of Reggio Emilia since the 10th century.
Pretty interesting, if I do say so myself. How early, then, can we assume relics were venerated?
- Where Revered Relics Repose (online.wsj.com)
- Human Remains Linked to Husband and Wife Saints (deaconjohnspace.wordpress.com)
- Human Remains Linked to Husband and Wife Saints Martyred Nearly Two Millennia Ago (frstephensmuts.wordpress.com)