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(NEWSER) -- Archaeologists working at an ancient church in Turkey think they've
unearthed a piece of the world's most famous cross, the one used to
They found a stone chest during excavation at a
1,350-year-old church, and the chest had a number of relics inside
believed to be associated with the crucifixion, a historian at Turkey's
Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts tells the Hurriyet Daily News.
"We have found a holy thing in a chest," she says. "It is a piece of a cross," and they think it's from the cross.
The entire chest is now undergoing lab tests, reports NBC News.
Researchers aren't sure who owned the chest, but it was probably a
religious person of some importance, and that person apparently believed
the cross relic was the real deal.
The lab tests should shed
some light on the possibility, though NBC adds a little context courtesy
of theologian John Calvin. He once joked that if all the supposed
pieces of the cross in the world were collected in one place, "they
would make a big shipload."