Archaeologists: We Found Piece of Jesus' Cross
Small relic undergoing tests in Turkey
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 1, 2013 6:44 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Archaeologists working at an ancient church in Turkey think they've unearthed a piece of the world's most famous cross, the one used to crucify Jesus. They found a stone chest during excavation at a 1,350-year-old church, and the chest had a number of relics inside believed to be associated with the crucifixion, a historian at Turkey's Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts tells the Hurriyet Daily News. “We have found a holy thing in a chest," she says. "It is a piece of a cross," and they think it's from the cross.

The entire chest is now undergoing lab tests, reports NBC News. Researchers aren't sure who owned the chest, but it was probably a religious person of some importance, and that person apparently believed the cross relic was the real deal. The lab tests should shed some light on the possibility, though NBC adds a little context courtesy of theologian John Calvin. He once joked that if all the supposed pieces of the cross in the world were collected in one place, "they would make a big shipload." (In other archaeological news, ancient "halls of the dead" have been unearthed in England.)

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jgarbuz
Aug 3, 2013 10:19 PM CDT
Let the blaspheming hopeless scoffers spew their venom.
HANKHILL
Aug 2, 2013 9:16 PM CDT
and i found a jumbo jet in my peanut butter jar!!!!
homer57
Aug 2, 2013 8:35 PM CDT
So...even IF someone did find the cross of calvaryL: what would it mean, except you found a piece of the cross: would it get you any closer to the TRUTH (John 17:17 KJV) or would it get you to heaven in eternity? Could anyone take a piece of it and give it to "The Lord" and asked to be let into heaven? The cross is actually an accursed object Gal 3:13 KJV It is not the cross, but the object on the cross that matters....JESUS CHRIST was made a curse and sin for us! All you would have if you found a cross would be wood...old wood!!