Jesus Christ's Tomb Opened For First Time In 500 Years





Mindblower, 05 Dec - 2016 ,

Jesus Christ's Tomb Opened For First Time In 500 Years
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For the first time in centuries, scientists have exposed the original surface of what is traditionally considered the tomb of Jesus Christ. Located in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City of Jerusalem

For the first time in centuries, scientists have exposed the original surface of what is traditionally considered the tomb of Jesus Christ. Located in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City of Jerusalem, the tomb has been covered by marble cladding since at least 1555 A.D., and most likely centuries earlier.

With just 60 hours to explore the venerated site, researchers at first appeared to be out of luck. Finding little but filling material, it seemed at first that the tomb - ravaged over the years by fire, earthquakes and raids - may not be the site of Christianty's greatest miracle after all.

But on the final night, with just hours to go before the tomb was resealed, archaeologists found a marble slab, engraved with a cross. Underneath they discovered a limestone burial bed - of similar description to the one where Christ's body is believed to have been placed. 

Fredrik Hiebert, National Geographic's archeologist-in-residence, said: "We can't say 100 per cent, but it appears to be visible proof that the location of the tomb has not shifted through time, something that scientists and historians have wondered for decades.

Using ground penetrating radar and thermographic scanners, conservation experts gathered information on the insides of the tomb before unsealing it.  The data is so extensive it will take months to analyse, but the team hope to create a virtual reconstruction for public viewing.

Source: independent.co.uk,  mirror.co.uk, nationalgeographic.com, express.co.uk


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