British archaeologists found a V century bowl near the rampart of Hadrian (fortification 122-128 in northern England). On its surface there is a drawing, which is recognized as the earliest example of Christian вЂњgraffitiвЂќ in the history of the country, reports The Daily Mail.
Fourteen fragments of the lead vessel were buried under the ruins of the church V-VI centuries. It is known that once there was a Roman fort in this area Windoland.
The fragments were in bad condition. But scientists looked at their surface Christian symbols: crosses, Christograms, fish, angels, and bishops, as well as Latin, Greek, and possibly Ogamese letters (Ogamese is a dead language with inscriptions on historical monuments in England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales).
The signs were applied both outside and inside the cup with the same hand, although they are now difficult to see with the naked eye. Scientists have concluded that they can point to biblical stories such as feeding Jesus to five thousand people or turning water into wine.
According to experts, this is the only surviving early Christian bowl in Britain. Not much is still known about this era.
The obvious links of this artifact with the early Christian church are incredibly important. Its discovery helps us understand how Windoland and its community survived the fall of Rome and what role Christianity played there, said the archaeologists.
The church, where the cup was found, was relatively spacious, for 50-60 people. For unexplained reasons, it collapsed, burying a valuable piece underneath.
Earlier, it was reported that archaeologists found the ruins of a biblical village where Christ walked on water. The search took over 30 years.