Archaeologists claim having found the site where Jesus is believed to have been crucified in the distant past.
During an excavation program under an abandoned building located near the Tower David Museum in the Old City of Jerusalem, the archaeologists stumbled across what they think is the palace where the said crucifixion occurred. More than a decade ago, the team of experts began the digging procedures, layer by layer, till they peeled off underneath the building to ultimately find the spot.
The site was later made into a prison during the time of the Ottoman Turks in the 1800s. Inscriptions of the walls can be found, and they date back from the 1940s, most probably engraved by prisoners of the Jewish resistance. No other inscription hinting at Jesus having been crucified there exists though.
Christians believe that Jesus went through a trial that led to his sacrifice, as is written in the New Testament. The place where the trial took place has long been a bone of contention among historians. Many have agreed that the place of trial was the palace of Herod the Great, who was the King of Judea back in the first century B.C. No concrete evidence exists to support this though.
Narrations from the New Testament relate that the trial occurred near a gate and on a bumpy stone pavement. The site found by the archaeologists seems to conform with this description.
Shimon Gibson from the University of North Carolina stated that: “There is, of course, no inscription stating it happened here, but everything —archaeological, historical and gospel accounts — all falls into place and makes sense”.