Remember meForgot password?
    Log in with Twitter

article imagePossible remains of John the Baptist found in Bulgaria

By KJ Mullins     Aug 4, 2010 in World
Archeologists working in Bulgaria say bone fragments in an alabaster reliquary could be the remains of John the Baptist, the cousin of Jesus Christ who prophesied his birth and baptized him in the Jordan River.
Archaeologists in Bulgaria have found bone fragments of a skull, hand and tooth in an alabaster reliquary that could be the remains of John the Baptist.
The find was at an excavation of a 5th century monastery on the island of Sveti Ivan in the Black Sea.
An inscription on the reliquary has lead Kaimir Popkonstantinov, leader of the excavation team, to this conclusion. The inscription includes the date June 24, the same day many churches celebrate Saint John’s birth.
Telegraph reports:
"We found the relics of St John the Baptist - exactly what the archaeologists had expected," said Bozhidar Dimitrov, Bulgaria's minister without portfolio and a former director of the country's National History Museum, who was present when the stone urn was opened.
More about John baptist, Remains, Bulgaria
More news from