The Mystery of Rome's X Tomb

The Mystery of Rome's X Tomb


Classical historian Dr Michael Scott recently made the Lust List of a women’s magazine, which possibly has more to do with his good looks and manly forearms than his ability to unlock the secrets of the past in his recent series, Who Were The Greeks?

Tonight Scott is in Rome to uncover the mysteries of a tomb containing 2,000 bodies in catacombs near the Vatican. “I’ve studied burials across the Roman world but I’ve never seen anything like this,” Scott marvels.

The presence of so many bodies points to what is described as a “crisis event”, and an international team of scientific and archaeological experts has been working for ten years trying to find answers. So what killed so many teenagers and young adults?


A mass grave containing more than 2,000 skeletons was found in one of Rome's catacombs following a roof collapse in an area marked with an X in the Vatican's underground mapping system. In this documentary, historian Michael Scott joins experts called in by to identify who the dead were and what killed them.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Michael Scott
Director Paul Olding
Executive Producer Chris Granlund
Producer Paul Olding