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Early Christian lead sarcophagus from Viminacium

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Early Christian lead sarcophagus from Viminacium
Early Christian lead sarcophagus from Viminacium

In August 2020, an early Christian lead sarcophagus was discovered in Viminacium (eastern Serbia), where a 3-year-old girl was buried. A silver plaque with an inscription in the form of a letter to god was found next to it.

From the inscription: “HI, TETA, NI, RO”, depending on the reading angle, you can read the word: “HRIS”, that is, a reference to Christ. If true, it would be the oldest reference to Christ among the archaeological discoveries known to us.

Numerous coins and items were also found in the sarcophagus. The object is dated at the turn of the 2nd and 3rd century CE.


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