Cross of Jesus found? Archeologists dig up possible piece

Posted By GABRIELLE LEVY, UPI.com   |   Aug. 2, 2013 at 3:33 PM   |   Comments

Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Archaeologists digging in the ruins of church near the Black Sea found a piece what they say might have been part of Jesus's famous cross.

The relic was discovered at the seventh-century Balatlar Church, in Sinop, Turkey, inside a stone chest.

"We have found a holy thing in a chest," said lead archaeologist Professor Gülgün Köroğlu."It is a piece of a cross."

"This stone chest is very important to us," said Köroğlu, who is an art historian and archeologist at Turkey's Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts. "It has a history and is the most important artifact we have unearthed so far."

The project has unearthed more than 1,000 skeletons and the chest in question has been taken to a lab for study.

The Sinop discovery is hardly the first alleged piece of the cross on which Jesus was crucified, and many churches claim to have discovered a piece of the "true cross." According to legend, St. Helena found the cross in Jerusalem and distributed the pieces to churches in Jerusalem, Rome and Constantinople (now Istanbul).

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