Experts: Testing dates ‘tomb of Jesus’ to ancient Roman times

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JERUSALEM- New archaeological tests have given some insight into what many Christians believe is a holy site in Jerusalem.

Around A.D. 325, Constantine the Great came to Jerusalem to locate places that were associated with the life of Jesus Christ. The Romans are said to have found a cave that they believed to be Jesus’ burial site and built a shrine and church around it.

The church was called the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and was deemed a holy site. It also houses the Holy Edicule, the shrine that was said to have been built around the cave thought to have contained Jesus’ body after the crucifixion.

For years, Christians from across the globe have been flocking to Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre as a religious pilgrimage.

However, many historians had questioned whether the real Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem had actually been destroyed or moved.

Now, new archaeological tests have confirmed that the site dates back to A.D. 325, the same era when the Romans first identified the place as holy, according to NBC News.

Experts say it is impossible to say that the tomb is actually the burial site of Jesus, but the tests show that the original construction of the tomb complex was during the time of Rome’s first Christian emperor.