Indiana Jones named himself after a dog — but maybe he should have picked a cat.
A stray cat discovered an ancient Roman catacomb on Tuesday. Mirko Curti and a friend followed the feline into a tomb that dates back more than 2,000 years.
The pair started following the cat when he spotted it near his apartment building around 10 p.m.
The cat hurried into a cavern near a limestone rock cliff in Curti's residential neighborhood, reported The Guardian.
"(W)e followed the sound of its (meow)ing," Curti said.
They managed to enter the cave's small opening. The entrance was guarded by rocks until earlier in the week when heavy rain caused them to fall away, archeologists said.
Once inside Curti realized that the cat led him into a tomb littered with human bones and surrounded by ancient Roman funeral urns.
Curti described the finding as "the most incredible experience (of my life)."
Archeologists, who were called to the scene, estimated that the cave was from between the first century B.C. and the second century A.D., according to The Guardian.
The bones, archeologists said, likely fell into the tomb from a chamber higher in the cliff.
Rome already had its fair share of historical sites, but thanks to a wayward cat it has one more. Maybe archeologists should consider taking them along on upcoming expeditions.
From The New York Daily News -