Roman silver cross may not be the earliest Christian artifact found in Britain

September 16th, 2008 - 2:39 pm ICT by ANI  

London, September 16 (ANI): A unique Roman silver cross hailed as the earliest Christian artifact found in Britain has been sent for testing amid claims that it is a fake.

According to a report in the Times, the Chi-Rho Amulet, which was found in an early 5th-century cemetery in Somerset in 1990, is regarded as important evidence of Christianity in Roman Britain.

It is hoped that a newly developed technique known as inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry will determine the exact metallurgical make-up of the amulet, which will then be compared with data held on other Roman silver. (ANI)

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