9th century pumpkin patch revealed in Rome

Experts from the Vatican are excited by a pumpkin patch - one that was part of a Benedictine monastery surrounding the Basilica of St Paul’s outside the Walls.

The new excavation, which has already produced over 15,000 ceramic fragments, sculptures and coins, is considered important in the history of the Church.

The excavations have taken place over the past six years and have revealed a large complex "with a sanctuary for the poor, a well, tower and housing for some 200 people." The site is one of the few from the 8th and 9th centuries CE.