Israeli Archaeologists Find Christian Relic

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Israeli archaeologists have announced they unearthed a tiny token of the Christian faith just outside the walls of Jerusalem's Old City.

A little box carved from from the bone of a cow, horse or camel, decorated with a cross on the lid was found in the excavation of an ancient road. It is less than one square inch in size.

Uncovered two years ago, the box was treated by preservation experts and extensively researched before it was unveiled at an archaeological conference last week.

Inside the tiny container are two gold portraits of a man and woman believed to be Christian saints, possibly Jesus and Mary.

The box is believed to date back to the 6th century A.D.

"It was found nearby a street which led from the area of the Temple Mount towards, down to the Silwan pool. It's very unique because it is preserved," said Dr. Zvi Greenhut of the Israel Antiquities Authority.

The archaeologists say the box is the first well preserved example of its kind.

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