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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

Depiction of unknown god found in Turkey

Archaeologists working in Turkey have uncovered the image of an unknown bearded diety in an ancient sanctuary in Turkey. Münster archaeologists excavated a unique Roman relief depicting an unknown god in an ancient sanctuary in Turkey. According to a first assessment, the one and a half metre (five feet) high basalt

Ancient tomb may have been repurposed temple

The Elephants Tomb at the Carmona necropolis in Seville, Spain may have originally been built to serve as a temple of Mithraism. The so-called Elephant's Tomb in the Roman necropolis of Carmona (Seville, Spain) was not always used for burials. The original structure of the building and a window through which

Stonehenge site was used by sun worshipers before stones were errected

New discoveries at Stonehenge have revealed that sun worshipers were using the site before the famous stones were errected. It is thought the pits, positioned within the Neolithic Cursus pathway, could have formed a procession route for ancient rituals celebrating the sun moving across the sky at the midsummer solstice. A Cursus

Jordan demands return of earliest Christian writings

Officials in Jordan are demanding the return of the earliest Christian writings in existence: some 70 codices written on lead which date back 2,000 years. He says they could be "the major discovery of Christian history", adding: "It's a breathtaking thought that we have held these objects that might have been

Digging up trouble in Jerusalem

Time has an interesting article discussing how politics and archaeology mesh (not well) in Jerusalem. The Jerusalem syndrome is a psychological disorder in which a visit to the holy city triggers delusional and obsessive religious fantasies. In its extreme variety, people wander the lanes of the Old City believing they are

Ancient Greeks built their temples to face the rising Sun

New research has found that the Ancient Greeks deliberately built their temples to face the rising Sun. Although it has long been known that most of these shrines face east, some academics have questioned whether this alignment reflected a deliberate plan. Critics of astronomical theories have pointed out that some temples

Ritual bath found in Jerusalem

A ritual bath, used by Jewish pilgrims coming to the Temple Mount, has been found in Jerusalem. The bath is located next to the Temple Mount, the compound in Jerusalem's Old City where two Biblical Temples stood. The second was destroyed by Roman legions in 70 A.D. The Israel Antiquities Authority says

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