Some of our greatest archaeological finds have happened by accident, revealing wonders from the past. Such a thing could also happen in the Middle Ages, such as when the perfectly preserved body of a girl was discovered along the Via Appia just outside of Rome. The discovery took place in April of 1485.
The best account of this event comes from a letter written by Bartolomeo Fonzio, who was a Renaissance scholar and professor of literature at the University of Florence.
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