Archaeologists in southern Spain have made an astonishing discovery that will shed light on the arrival of Christianity in Spain. A glass plate with the earliest image of Christ found in the country.
The team have so far uncovered 81% of the plate, which is in excellent condition. It depicts three men with short hair with halos around their heads. The three men are said to be Christ, Peter and Paul, and falls in line with an early Christian art form which copied Roman and Byzantine styles.
Marcelo Castro, head of the excavation said: “We know it dates back to the 4th century, in part because popes in the following centuries ordered all patens to be made out of silver”.
The plate was found in the ancient Iberian town of Catulo, in the province of Jaen, Andalusia.