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7th March 2019- JOINTLY WITH AIAS: The Tomb of Christ in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre: problems of restoration and investigation in 2016

Martin Biddle, University of Oxford



4pm, 7th March 2019, BP Lecture Theatre, British Museum

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The Edicule, the 'little house', which encloses the rock-cut tomb held to be the place where the body of Jesus was laid after the Crucifixion, was fully restored by the Greek National Technical University of Athens in 2015-17. As part of this work, the tomb itself was opened over three days in October 2016.  The talk will examine the circumstances of the opening and reclosing, the approach adopted, the methods used and the results obtained, including the dates obtained by Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL).  

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A 17th century CE model of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. PEF Collections


Martin Biddle is an emeritus fellow of Hertford College Oxford, specialising in Medieval and post-medieval archaeology in the UK and eslewhere. With his wife, Birthe Kjølbye-Biddle, he has focussed on the examination of the Edicule in the church of the Holy Sepulchre, and is uniquely placed to comment on the archaeology of this extrarodinarily significant monument, and on the various modifications, restorations, and explorations which have been undertaken over the years.

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