Restoration team uncovers hidden layers of Jesus’ tomb site
For the first time in centuries, a restoration team has exposed the original rock surface where Jesus Christ is believed to have been buried in Jerusalem.
The restoration team, including experts from the National Technical University of Athens in Greece, peeled away a marble layer in the innermost chamber of a tomb at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre to reach the original rock surface.
The original rock surface in question had been covered with marble slabs since at least 1555 A.D., or even longer. The team realized that the substructure of the tomb must be exposed to restore it
The National Geographic Society’s archaeologist-in-residence Fredrik Hiebert said it was the first time when the original rock was actually opened and exposed to the light of the day.
Some theological historians believe that Jesus was a real man born around the year 1 in Bethlehem in modern-day Palestine, and later migrated to Nazareth in Israel. Many believe that he was crucified at age of 29.
However, some scholars believe that Jesus never existed, and he was just a literary construct as there are no remains in the tomb to analyze or carry out a DNA test. Nevertheless, the site has long been an important one for the Christian cultural tradition.