Scientists testing the tomb of Jesus confirm it indeed held his body
Scientists testing what is believed to be the tomb of Jesus have confirmed that the tomb indeed held the body of Jesus about 2000 years ago.
The tomb sealed with marble slab since AD 1555 to prevent damage from visitors was excavated and scientists found inside the tomb a limestone bed which legend say may have held the body of Christ.
Tests using a technique called optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) of mortar from the limestone bed revealed when the quartz within the masonry was last exposed to light. The results showed that the bed was constructed around A.D. 345, during or shortly after the reign of Constantine the Great. The test results were released yesterday by the National Geographic Society.
The tomb is located within the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem covered by a shrine sometimes called Edicule.
The tomb said to be in danger of collapse was uncovered for for the first time since AD 1555 for restoration work.
Legend had it that it was Helena the mother of Roman Emperor Constantine the Great that discovered the tomb around 327.
Constantine legalised Christianity through out the Roman Empire and converted to Christianity before his death.
To protect the tomb a shrine was built over it and a church as well.
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