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Church Unearthed in Ethiopia Rewrites the reputation for Christianity in Africa

Archaeologists now can more closely date if the faith distribute to your Aksumite kingdom

A team of archaeologists recently uncovered the oldest known Christian church in sub-Saharan Africa, a find that sheds new light on one of the Old World’s most enigmatic kingdoms—and its surprisingly early conversion to Christianity in the dusty highlands of northern Ethiopia.

A worldwide assemblage of boffins discovered the church 30 kilometers northeast of Aksum, the administrative centre associated with the Aksumite kingdom, a trading empire that emerged within the very first century A.D. and would carry on to take over most of eastern Africa and western Arabia. The researchers concluded that the structure was built in the fourth century A.D., about the same time when Roman Emperor Constantine I legalized Christianty in 313 CE and then converted on his deathbed in 337 CE through radiocarbon dating artifacts uncovered at the church. The group detail by detail their findings in a paper posted in Antiquity today. 继续阅读Church Unearthed in Ethiopia Rewrites the reputation for Christianity in Africa