Archaeologists Discover Artifact In Spain Depicting Country's Earliest Image Of Jesus Christ

Jan Omega

The Inquisitr has reported numerous times on some of the most amazing archaeological discoveries ever found. Thanks to advancements in technology and improved excavation techniques, archaeology has taken an upturn in the past decade or so. This includes the discovery of a ship that disappeared in Lake Superior over 115 years ago, and the horrific discoveries found at a concentration camp site, one which was thought to have no gas chambers.

Now there are reports of an artifact archaeologists found in Spain that depicts the country's earliest image of Christianity's Jesus Christ.

— Europa Press (@europapress_es) October 2, 2014

According to an article by The Local, a green glass paten -- a plate which holds the Holy Eucharist in churches -- was discovered in southern Spain by a team of archaeologists. It shows the earliest depiction of Jesus found in the country. Also, the paten is in excellent condition compared to similar pieces discovered around Europe. Marcelo Castro, the head of the Forum MMX excavation projection, gave details on the paten.

"We know it dates back to the 4th century, in part because popes in the following centuries ordered all patens to made out of silver."

The archaeological team have managed to find 81 percent of the paten at the archaeological site of a religious building in Cástulo, an ancient Iberian town in the province of Jaén, Andalusia. With what they have, they were able to puzzle-piece the paten, which measures 22 centimeters in diameter. However, what is special about the paten is how Jesus is portrayed. According to The Blaze, the illustration is in direct contrast with modern depictions of Jesus Christ. Why? Because the paten shows Him with short hair and no beard.

— FORVM MMX (@FORVM_MMX) October 3, 2014

Marcelo Castro says the discovery will have a significant impact on how experts look at history, especially since it was long believed Christianity was brought to Spain in the fifth century. Let's not forget the fact that the depiction of Jesus Christ is different from what most art -- modern and traditional -- view him.

"We were afraid to say what we believed at first, because it forces us to rethink the history of Christian Spain."

To make sure the age of the paten was authentic, it was compared to the age of ancient coins found at the site too, in which authentication was proven. As of Wednesday, the paten is on display at a museum in Spain.

What do you think about the paten? Do you think its depiction of Jesus Christ will have an effect on the religion itself? Please let everyone know in the comments below.

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