Christian archaeology


That branch of the science of archaeology which has for its ultimate object the study of ancient Christian life, as inferred from the remains of the Christian monuments (supplemented by literature, objects of art, etc.) erected during the first six centuries of the Christian era. The Roman catacombs are the great treasure-house of the monuments of primitive Christianity; the Bible is the first indispensable literary source. Many Catholics and other Christians have made valuable researches in the field of Christian archaeology.

MLA Citation

  • “Christian archaeology”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 13 December 2019. Web. 2 March 2021. <>