Archaeologists have finally discovered the age of the tomb of Jesus Christ.
According to various beliefs, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem is believed to contain the final resting place of Jesus Christ.
The tomb has been desecrated over the years by violent attacks, natural disasters, and of course centuries of wear and tear. This has led to a number of reconstructions over the centuries, reason why modern scholars have had a tough time proving or disproving this is the tomb of Jesus Christ.
Now, to solve the mystery from a scientific point of view, researchers analyzed the original limestone surface of the tomb and a marble slab hoping to establish a time frame when the tomb was created.
As noted by the National Geographic, researchers believe the tomb dates back to around 345 CE.
Led by experts from the National Technical University of Athens and to calculate the age of the materials of the tomb, a technique called “optically stimulated luminescence” (OSL) was used, which revealed when the material was exposed to light for the last time.
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While the study has failed to establish whether or not Jesus was actually buried there, the date obtained by experts is consistent with historical accounts that the tomb was found by the Romans and enshrined around 326 CE.
Curiously, this fits the time of Emperor Constantine, Rome’s first Christian emperor.
According to legend, Helena, the mother of the Roman emperor Constantine (reigned ca. 306-337), discovered the tomb of Jesus around the year 327.
Constantine legalized Christianity throughout the Roman Empire and supposedly became Christian little before dying.
The Romans would have protected the tomb by building a sanctuary on it, as well as a church.
The church was destroyed, renovated and rebuilt several times in the past 1,700 years.
Before this new research, the oldest piece of architectural evidence at the site was traced back to the time of the Crusades, which means it was only around 1,000 years old.
Despite the fact that there are many who doubt that Jesus Christ existed, there is enough historical evidence to support the fact that Jesus of Nazareth was a real man and not a mythological figure.
Featured image credit: Oded Balilty, AP for National Geographic