The skull and bones of a Christian saint believed to have been martyred in 284 AD for refusing to deny his faith have been uncovered in the Syrian town of Qaryatain, which was recently recaptured from the control of the Islamic State terror group.
The Associated Press reported Tuesday that journalists were able to take photos of the ruins of the Mar Elian (St. Julian) monastery, which apparently show a destroyed sarcophagus containing a skull and bones.
Qaryatain, which once had a thriving Christian community, was captured by IS last summer as part of the terror group's ongoing campaign to establish its Caliphate on the territories of Iraq and Syria. more >>
An ancient Greek symbol for Christ was reportedly discovered at the ruins of a Byzantine church in Gaza dating back from around 1,500 years ago, the Palestinian Tourism and Antiquities Ministry revealed Monday.
"Our first thought is that the site is a cathedral or a church from the Byzantine period," said Jamal Abu Rida, the general director of the antiquities ministry, according to Reuters.
"During that era, there was a great interest among the Byzantine rulers to build churches in the Gaza Strip." more >>
A shard of pottery discovered in modern-day London, England, provides an interesting view into early Christian settlements in Europe, archaeologists say.
The pottery, which was discovered in 1970 near Brentford High Street in London, was recently flagged as showing a depiction of the chi rho, a Christian symbol showing the first two Greek letters of "Khristos," or "Christ."
The important religous writing on the artifact had been previously overlooked by archaeologists. more >>
A private Christian college in Arkansas has received a $1 million anonymous gift to go toward its archaeological project at the ancient city of Abila, Jordan.
John Brown University's Abila Archaeological Project has been sending students and staff to the site since 2006 to participate in the excavation of the area, which includes five churches from the Byzantine period, a Christian monastery, and tombs, among other archaeological treasures.
According to a press release on the John Brown University website, the anonymous donation will help fund the university's Abila Archaeological Project, as well as the school's Jordan Summer Studies Program, its Holy Lands Study Trip program and the Abila Lecture in Biblical Archaeology. more >>
Archaeologists and environmental protection groups are rejoicing after an ancient temple located on Mount Latmos in Turkey received official protection from city officials.
As the Hurriyet Daily News reports, the the city of Aydın's Cultural and Natural Heritage Preservation Board, along with its archaeology museum, have agreed to officially list the holy temple of Dikilitaş, located on Mount Latmos, as a locally protected site.
Bahattin Sürücü, head of the Association of Nature Lovers and the Protection of Ecosystems, told Hurriyet Daily News that the protection designation is important, especially after the temple was vandalized in recent weeks by a fire. more >>
A bear bone discovered in Ireland has changed the way archaeologists view human history in the region, experts say.
Radiocarbon dating performed on a bear's knee bone discovered in 1903 at the Alice and Gwendoline Cave in County Clare, on the country's western coast, has found that humans were present in the region 2,500 years before previously thought.
Cuts and marks on the bone indicate the bear had been inexpertly butchered by humans, archaeologists say. more >>