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During the academic year 1978-79, three Notre Dame architecture students-- Patrick Pouler, Robert Wegener and George O'Neill-- assisted Fr. Gabriel Bertoniere in the documentation of the Catacomb of Hippolytus on the Via Tiburtina. Itb was a fascinating adventure for us 3 young architecture students studying in Rome as part of the Notre Dame Rome Program. Fr. Gabriel was a brilliant observer of Christian Archaeology and encouraged us to consider and understand what we were observing and sketching in the deep, dark bowels of the earth that housed the Catacombs around the burial place of St. Hippolytus. Through observation and discussion, he knitted together the development of the catacombs, especially the central "basilica" with its layers of cracked marble slabs and labyrinth of galleries with archisolia(sp?) and loculi (sp?) It was a marvelous adventure. Some of our plan and elevation drawings were included in his publication.