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Part of cross, relics possibly related to Jesus’ crucifixion found in Turkey

SINOP PROVINCE, Turkey- Archaeologists say they have discovered a chest filled with relics, including one piece that may be a part of Jesus’ cross.

Researchers were digging at the 1,350-year-old Balatlar Church in Turkey and found the chest.

Inside, they found a piece of what could be a cross, along with a stone that is marked with a cross.

The group says similar chests were used as a symbolic coffin for the relics of a holy person.

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According to legend, St. Helena found the cross in Jerusalem and sent pieces of the wood to church leaders in Jerusalem, Rome and Constantinople.

The chest has been transported to a laboratory for to be examined.