Commission of Sacred Archaeology


Official pontifical board founded in 1851 by Pope Pius IX for the purpose of promoting and directing excavations in the Roman catacombs and other sites of Christian antiquarian interest. It has made extensive excavations in the catacombs and other parts of Rome, and formed the Museum of Catacomb Inscriptions in the Lateran Palace.

MLA Citation

  • “Commission of Sacred Archaeology”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 27 November 2019. Web. 27 February 2021. <>