Excavation at Calvary

Part 2: Jesus' Tomb

The disc-shaped stone that Ron Wyatt found in the centre of the first century church clearly would seem to have a connection with the crucifixion site, around which the church / memorial was built. It is only a short distance from the Garden Tomb, which Gordon identified in the late 1800's as the probable tomb of Jesus. But what is truly startling is the dimensions of the stone. Wyatt's team measured it at 13 ft. 2 in. in diameter, and just under 2 ft. thick.

The diameter of the stone which sealed the Garden Tomb can be determined by the remains of the iron shaft, seen in the close-up at left, which held the stone in place. Jonanthon Gray is pointing to the shaft's location in the photo above. On the other side of the door, the stone was restrained by a flange cut into the rock wall. The distance between the shaft and the flange is exactly 13 ft. 2 in.!

A trough at left allowed a stone to rolled to close or open the door of the Garden Tomb. The width of this trough would neatly fit the stone that Wyatt discovered nearby.

We are lead towards the conclusion that not only did the early church recognise the crucifixion site near "the place of the skull" to be where Jesus died, but that they also recognised what we know as the Garden Tomb to be the place of his burial and resurrection.

Further Information:

Wyatt Archaeological Research, 2502 Lynnville Hwy, Cornersville, Tennessee 37047, USA.

The video "Surprising Discoveries 2," narrated by Jonathan Gray (a collegue of Wyatt), is available from Surprising Discoveries, PO Box 78510, Thames 3540 New Zealand.

Another excellent site is The Real Calvary and the Real Holy Sepulcher

Next : Excavation at Calvary Part 3: The Ark of the Covenant

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