A 1,500-year-old wall painting of Jesus Christ has been found in the ruins of Shivta, an old farming village in the heart of the Negev desert, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) southwest of Be’er Sheva. The site has been known to archaeologists for almost 150 years, but new research has identified the portrait as the Messiah.
The faint image, which is believed to date from the sixth century A.D., shows a youthful Jesus with short, curly hair. The faded painting reveals a different picture of the Savior rather than traditional depictions of him with long hair and a beard.
Jesus Christ’s portrait was first spotted in the 1920s and has now been reanalyzed using modern techniques.
The researchers said:
“Christ’s face in this painting is an important discovery in itself. It belongs to the iconographic scheme of a short-haired Christ, which was especially widespread in Egypt and Syro-Palestine but gone from later Byzantine art.
Thus far, it is the only in situ baptism-of-Christ scene to date confidently to the pre-iconoclastic Holy Land. Therefore, it can illuminate Byzantine Shivta’s Christian community and Early Christian art across the region.”
Archaeologists had noted the presence of murals in the church back in the 1920s, but no one had investigated further. A fact that isn’t surprising given that they were located high up on the church ceiling, badly damaged and covered in centuries of dirt.
But is it really Jesus?
According to art historian Dr. Emma Maayan-Fanar, there is little doubt, saying, “Those who know the iconography of early Christianity can recognize such an image even from almost nothing.”
There are very few surviving images of Jesus from antiquity in Israel and, according to Maayan-Fanar and her team, no other examples of a baptism of Christ scene from the pre-iconoclasm period have ever been found on an archaeological site.
Here’s How Ancient Romans Constructed Buildings That Last For Centuries
Find out how the ancient Romans made concrete that can withstand the test of time.
People are still amazed by the beauty of stunning structures like the Pantheon and the Colosseum. But how did the ancient Romans manage to create buildings that can last for several centuries? A group of geologists, archaeologists, and engineers are actually studying the amazing properties of the long-lasting concrete.
The longevity of ancient Roman concrete is made even more astounding by the fact that it is weaker than its modern-day counterpart. Nevertheless, structures built using the ancient concrete are not easily destroyed. Interestingly, the formula's secret is one of nature's most amazing products.
The Romans may have used a secret ingredient to make the Pantheon last forever.
Oldest Intact Shipwreck In The World Discovered In The Black Sea
It has been perfectly preserved for the past 2,400 years!
There is still so much we could discover in the oceans. A group of archaeologists has just found the world's oldest intact shipwreck at the bottom of the Black Sea. It is believed that the water-logged remains date back to 400BC.
The amazing find is a 2,400-year-old Greek trading vessel measuring up to 23 meters (75 feet). It was found just a mile below the surface with its mast, rudders and rowing benches still intact. According to scientists, the oldest shipwreck was preserved because of the lack of oxygen in the waters.
Scientists were thrilled to find the world's oldest shipwreck.
Why Do People Carve Scary Faces on Pumpkins During Halloween?
Apparently, there’s a dark, twisted story behind the tradition.
When it comes to Halloween celebrations, perhaps nothing is as ubiquitous as the carved pumpkins. Sure, we see bats, spider webs, skeletons, and a host of horror characters but no party or home decor is ever complete unless we have those Jack O’Lanterns.
But do you know the real story behind this iconic Halloween staple? Well apparently, it has a dark, twisted tale.