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.)
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…]
There is historical evidence to suggest that the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem really was erected on the site of Christ’s Empty Tomb. Go here for a series of panoramic 360-degree virtual tours of both the exterior and the interior of the church. (Be sure to click the smaller boxes for the various interior views.)
HT: David Mills