The Garden Tomb

The Garden Tomb is a rock-cut tomb in Jerusalem which was unearthed in 1867 CE and has subsequently been considered by some Christians to be the site of the burial and resurrection of Jesus. The tomb has been dated by Israeli archaeologist Gabriel Barkay to the 8th–7th centuries BCE. The Garden Tomb is adjacent to a rocky escarpment which since the mid-nineteenth century has been proposed by some scholars to be Golgotha.

circa 800 BCE

Since 1894 CE, the Garden Tomb and its surrounding gardens have been maintained as a place of Christian worship. aSince 1894, the Garden Tomb and its surrounding gardens have been maintained as a place of Christian worship. This particular tomb also has a stone groove running along the ground outside it, which Gordon argued to be a slot that once housed a stone, corresponding to the biblical account of a stone being rolled over the tomb entrance to close it.

circa 800 BCE

Discovered in 1924, the ancient (probably Roman era) wine press indicates that the site was indeed a (fruit) garden and may very well have been owned by a wealthy person, adding to the speculation of the site being owned by Joseph of Arimathea. It is located south of the tomb's entrance.

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