ARCHAEOLOGY > Archeologists claim to have found ‘piece of Jesus' cross’ at church excavations in Turkey

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A number of human skeletons were unearthed during the excavations. DHA photo

A number of human skeletons were unearthed during the excavations. DHA photo

Archaeologists conducting excavations at the Balatlar Church in the Black Sea province of Sinop have unearthed a stone chest with objects said to have a connection with Jesus Christ.

“We have found a holy thing in a chest. It is a piece of a cross, and we think it was [part of the cross on which Jesus was crucified]. This stone chest is very important to us. It has a history and is the most important artifact we have unearthed so far,” said the head of the excavations, Professor Gülgün Köroğlu.

“During the excavations, we have seen many things that we didn’t know about before. Sinop has gained a very good ancient site that we will show visitors,” Köroğlu said, adding that they had discovered the skeletons of over 1,000 people during the four years of excavations.

The works are continuing as part of an EU-funded Field Management Project, she said.


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Suhail Shafi

8/5/2013 6:28:42 PM

Even if it was Jesus's cross, it would be difficult to prove its authenticity.

Brit in Turkey

8/4/2013 8:06:40 PM

A search for "Balatlar Church Turkey" raises many interesting articles on this with rather more information than is given here.

Brit in Turkey

8/4/2013 6:58:11 PM

James T.: Thank you for pointing out the obvious.

James T.

8/4/2013 5:37:19 AM

It should be noted that this is a Greek church

turkic voice

8/4/2013 1:19:54 AM

Turkey is in what use to be the hart of Christinton now it has become a strong hold of the Islamic world and they are searching and finding christian relics

Peter Kypros

8/3/2013 10:57:21 PM

What do you expect from these local archeologists who discover Greek ruins with Greek writings and claim they are Roman without realizing that the Romans spoke and wrote latin. A cross can be found everywhere in Christian religious practices and customs and these Professors do not know it and are rushing into a conclusion that serves only one purpose: Publicity

Steve S

8/3/2013 7:17:18 PM

The stone fragment with the cross is obviously the corner of the lid of a small sarcophagus, complete with the standard "cat's ear" moulding (on which the cross is carved). You would not usually expect to see a religious relic like a wooden object stored in such a container - and certainly not something that would have been as precious and important as a fragment of the True Cross.

Engin Atik

8/3/2013 1:56:41 AM

Of course Sinop is very important: the cynic Diogenes who said "don't cast a shadow" to Alexander the Great is from Sinop. But finding a cross at a church is not news.

Ozgur Erhan

8/2/2013 6:32:37 PM

If this means anything, it means she thinks she has found a relic of the cross. But such relics are almost certain fake -- and if it is anything it is much more likely to be a sarcophagus. I am surprised the HDN swallowed this story.

Michael Johnson

8/2/2013 3:43:01 PM

Snake oil salesmen.
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