In the course of a restoration project in the church, workers have removed the marble covering that had been installed in 1555 over the place where Jesus’s body supposedly had been laid. They found a rock surface that is apparently the “burial shelf” that is a feature of ancient Jewish tombs. Archaeologists plan to excavate the site.
Some of the evidence that supports the church as the site of Christ’s tomb is that the building, erected over an ancient stone quarry, has been found to enclose other tombs of the period. This one is empty.
Details after the jump, with pictures at the link. [Read more…]