Stone Slab May Be Resting Place Of Jesus

Restorers working in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Israel

Experts think they have uncovered the original rock surface where Jesus’ body was laid. A restoration team has been peeling away at marble layers in the cave that is believed to have been Jesus’ tomb. Many historians believe the original cave, identified a few centuries after Jesus’ death as his tomb, was obliterated ages ago. However, an archaeologist with the restoration team says ground penetrating radar tests determined the cave walls are standing — at a height of six feet and connected to bedrock — behind the marbled panels of the chamber at the center of Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

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photo: Dusan Vranic, AP for National Geographic