from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small edifice; a shrine, usually in the shape of an architectural monument, or a niche for a reliquary or statue, etc., so ornamented as to be complete in itself and independent of the building with which it is connected.
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Biddle is the last Archaeologist, along with his wife, who was given the official job of excavating the edicule can't remember spelling to determine if it was authentically the one Constantine put up.
It is a scientific marvel - the house, now enclosed in an edicule within the basilica, rests without foundations on the bare ground.
This has given it the shape of a cubical edicule, about ten feet in circumference and eight feet high.
A typical passage reads: "The edicule itself is a four-square dusky construction with a small turret on the top and a quotation from the Gospels in Greek inscribed around the top of the walls".