Medieval crypt found in Northern Sudan
Published on January 8th, 2014 | by Admin0
The inscriptions on the walls of the crypt, inscribed with black ink on a thin layer of whitewash (paint), were written in Greek and Sahidic Coptic. They include excerpts from the gospels of Luke, John, Mark and Matthew, magical names and signs and a prayer given by the Virgin Mary, at the end of which death appears to her “in the form of a rooster.” After Mary dies, according to the text, she ascends to heaven with Jesus.
The inscriptions, written by “Ioannes,” who left a signature on three and possibly four of the walls, likely served as protection for the deceased against evil powers, the researchers said.
Story: Owen Jarus, LiveScience | Photo: Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology/Archives