Monday, August 29, 2011

Archaeology: Excavations on Bulgaria’s St Ivan island a success

The new archaeological excavations on the island of Saint Ivan close to the seaside town of Sozopol are successful, Tsonya Drazheva, deputy head of the excavations, said.

Quoted by local news agency Focus, she said that the team’s priority this year was to unearth the remaining part of the earliest Christian church where the relics said to be those of John the Baptist were discovered in 2010.
"We have started examining the narthex of the church. As you might know, in early Christianity churches were very big and there were no closed areas," Drazheva was quoted as saying.

This narthex, or anteroom, was designed for those who were not familiar with Christianity, she said.
Drazheva said that important elements had been unearthed that were related to liturgical practices of the beginning of the fifth century CE.

More at Sofia Echo

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