Archaeologists uncover 1,500-year-old depiction of Moses receiving Ten Commandments

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The individual fragments of the ivory pyx found in a marble shrine laid out as a panorama. (Photo courtesy Universität Innsbruck)
The individual fragments of the ivory pyx found in a marble shrine laid out as a panorama. (Photo courtesy Universität Innsbruck)

(CHRISTIAN POST ) — Archaeologists have discovered a 1,500-year-old relic in southern Austria that they believe depicts Moses receiving the Ten Commandments and the Ascension of Jesus Christ.

During excavations of a church at the summit of Burgbichl, a small hill in the municipality of Irschen, archeologists from Innsbruck University of Austria uncovered a shrine containing a 1,500-year-old ivory box adorned with Christian motifs. The discovery was first made in August 2022.

The school said in a recent statement announcing the discovery that archaeologists have done excavations in Irschen, which is a part of the Carinthian Drava Valley, since 2016.

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