The construction materials of the burial bed, that was recently discovered on the occasion of the renovation of the Sacred Canopy by a team of Greek scientists, which date back to the Roman Empire era, demonstrate the authenticity of the "myth" of the Sacred Canopy, which has survived even after its complete destruction about 1,000 years ago. In the centuries that followed the burial of Jesus and the creation of the canopy that shielded the tomb, the Jerusalem Church that keeps the Sacred Canopy, has experienced violent attacks, fires and earthquakes. Ιn 1009 it was totally destroyed and was built again, leading contemporary scholars to investigate whether it was possible, that this place was the "authentic" burial site of Jesus, based on what we know from a delegation that was sent to Rome 17 centuries ago.

Now, the results of scientific tests that were handed to National Geographic seem to prove that the remains of the limestone cave which is kept piously in the church are indeed the ones of the tomb discovered by the ancient Romans.

 

The results of the investigation of the lime mortar sample

 A lime mortar sample from the original surface of the tomb's cave and the marble slab which covered it date back to around 345AD. According to historians, the tomb was discovered by Romans, who covered it with the Canopy around 326CE.

Up to now, the most recent archaeological evidence found in and around the burial complex dates back to the Crusaders’ period, attributing to it the age of 1,000 years.

While it is archaeologically impossible to confirm that this is the burial site of Jesus of Nazareth, these new chronologically results can safely place the original construction of the current burial complex at the time of the rule of Constantine, the first Christian Emperor of Rome.

 

The restoration of the Sacred Canopy and its contribution to this new discovery

 The recent data are the result of the restoration of the Sacred Canopy which was just completed and was carried out by the National Technical University of Athens. During the restoration, the group of scientists had found that under the tomb there was a very old broken marble slab with a cross, above the original surface of the burial bed. The samples of lime mortar taken by the researchers were removed from the area between the slab they located and the surface of the burial bed. The slab must have been placed by order of the Emperor Constantine 4th century AC., while the more recent chronologically mortars were taken from the entrance of the tomb, during the period the Church of the Holy Sepulchre was built, in the 11th century A.C.