Cross Of Jesus Found? Does Holy Stone Chest Of Balatlar Church Ruins Contain Genuine Article?
Is the true cross of Jesus found? Lead archaeologist Gulgun Koroglu of the Balatlar Church ruins in Turkey says yes! After digging in the ruin since 2009, Koroglu's team has finally made the important discovery of a 1,350-year-old chest that once belonged to a holy person. According to the research team, the items within the chest stands to be one of the most important discoveries ever made.
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"We have found a holy thing in a chest. It is a piece of a cross... This stone chest is very important to us. It has a history and is the most important artifact we have unearthed so far," Koroglu told Hurriyet Daily News.
Gulgun Koroglu is an art historian and archaelogist of Turkey's Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts. According to Gulgun Koroglu's research team, the small stone chest is approximately 1,350 years old. The chest is believed to have belonged to a "holy person" and to hold relics for religious observation.
"The excavation of Balatlar Church has been going on since 2009 and this stone is the most important piece we have found so far. We have also found a number of human bones during our excavation," Koroglu also said, explaining that a Roman bath house is also located at the site.
According to NBC, St. Helen, mother of Emperor Constantine, found the cross of Jesus in Jerusalem. As tradition, Helen handed out pieces of the wooden cross to church leaders in the area. The following discovery at the Balatlar Church is believed to be one of these pieces. The size of the section of the cross of Jesus found is small enough to be held in one hand.
While Gulgun Koroglu maybe convinced that the piece of wood is from the cross of Jesus, others are not so sure. No reasons other than the St. Helen association prove the very piece of wood found in the stone chest is linked to the cross of Jesus Christ's crucifixion.
Koroglu has brought the cross of Jesus found at Balatlar Church to a laboratory for further testing and authentication.
Koroglu's excavation project was being supported by the European Union-funded Field.
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