A piece of a stone with crosses carved into it that may have belonged to Jesus Christ has been found in an excavation of a church in the northern province of Sinop.
The large-scale excavation, led by Professor Gülgün Köroğlu, is ongoing at the Balatlar Church. The church was built in A.D. 660 by the Byzantines.
Sinop Mayor Yavuz Selim Köşger and Sinop Police Chief Şeref Aytekin visited Köroğlu and were briefed on the excavation.
“This carved stone is the most significant thing we have found so far,” Köroğlu told the mayor and police chief, adding that her team has been carrying out the excavation for almost four years and has reason to believe the carved stone belonged to Jesus Christ.
Köşger said the excavations are important for the province. “Excavations [like this one] will contribute a great deal to the future of Sinop,” the mayor stated.
In remarks to the press, Köroğlu said: “The excavation of Balatlar Church has been going on since 2009 and this stone is the most important piece we have found so far. We have also found a number of human bones during our excavation.”
Köroğlu added: “We have been working here for four years and have found more than 2,000 skeletons. I hope this year will be a very fruitful working season for us. We have learned many things during the excavation that we did not previously know.”