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Remains of 18th century Italian missionary found in Japan

The 18th century remains of three people, including what is believed to be the remains of an Italian Jesuit preist have been found in Japan. “It is the first time we’ve found a near match of the bones of a foreign missionary,” said Waseda University professor Akio Tanigawa. “This is an

Early Christian church found in Cappadocia

A Christian church that possibly dates back to the 5th century A.D. has been found in an underground city in Turkey's Cappadocia region. Nev?ehir Mayor Hasan Ünver said the frescoes in the church showed the rise of Jesus the Christ into the sky and the killing of the bad souls. “We know

Early Christendom graves found under Milan church

The graves of an infant and and adult have been found during excavations at the Church of Saints James and Philip just outside of Milan, Italy. Excavations of the Church of Saints James and Philip, which began in March, led to discoveries that are especially important to the history of the

Why horsemeat dropped off British menus 1,500 years ago

A report published in the Oxford Journal of Archaeology reveals how a distaste for horsemeat developed in Britain 1,500 years ago due to the spread of Christianity and the food's association with pagan practices. Dr Kristopher Poole, of Nottingham University, the author of the study, compared dated records of animal bones

Ancient basilica unearthed in Bulgaria

Archaeologists working in Bulgaria have found an ancient Basilica that dates back to the reign of Constantine the Great (306-337 A.D.).The basilica is 27 metres wide and about 100m long, according to Yana Borissova-Katsarova, head of research at the site. It featured multi-coloured mosaics. Further exploration of the find will

Jesus’s Wife papyrus is a modern fake

A New Testament scholar from Durham University says the papyrus fragment I posted about earlier this week, which references Jesus' wife, is a modern fake. [Thx to Sebastian for the heads up] He does not directly criticise Professor Karen King, of Harvard, who presented the fragment at a conference in Rome

Reference to Jesus’ wife found on scrap of papyrus

A scrap of papyrus from the 4th century A.D. has been found which makes a reference to Jesus having a wife. The provenance of the papyrus fragment is a mystery, and its owner has asked to remain anonymous. Until Tuesday, Dr. King had shown the fragment to only a small circle

Early Christian cemetery found in Cumbria

Researchers and volunteers working in Cumbria have found what may be an early Christian cemetery. A child’s grave and pits full of bone shards, tooth enamel, bead necklaces and Roman roofing have been discovered in the massive archaeological dig which has turned Camp Farm, in Maryport, into a hotbed of Roman