We blogged about the excavation of what is believed to be the tomb of Jesus in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. When the marble cladding was removed over the place where the body would have been laid, there was a layer of debris. Under that was another marble covering. The researchers removed that, exposing the original limestone burial slab.
The researchers only had permission to study the slab for a short time, but they collected and recorded all the data they could. They continue to study the rest of the tomb. They have determined that the site, which also encloses six other rock tombs, was, in fact, a Jewish cemetery at the time of Jesus.
After the jump, read the latest details. And click the link for PICTURES. (They are copyrighted by National Geographic, so I’d better not copy them here.)