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A seven-day, around-the-clock excavation was recently carried out at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre by a team from the Department of Antiquities of Sapienza University of Rome. The excavations were conducted in front of the Edicule, which is believed to house the remains of the tomb of Jesus Christ, and revealed the earliest layout of the shrine. It was originally accessed by two marble steps that led to a floor of lithic slabs. Underneath one of the slabs the team discovered a hoard of coins from the fourth century, which confirmed the dating that historical sources assign to the construction of the original Edicule.

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