JERUSALEM, Israel – This month, in the rocky mountains of Skardu, Pakistan, researchers have uncovered a mysterious 1,200-year-old cross weighing as much as three tons.
A 3-member group from the University of Baltistan, Skardu, visited the location the place the cross was discovered.
“The huge cross of marble rock weighing 3-4 tons and measuring approximately 7×6 feet has been found some two kilometers from the base camp, high in the mountains of Kavardo, Baltistan, overlooking the Indus River,” the group stated in a press launch on June 14.
According to preliminary estimates, the cross is believed to be 1,000 to 1,200-years-old and will reveal extra details about Christianity’s presence in the area.
“This needs carbon dating and exact scientific evidence, but there’s a lot of excitement and a lot of division,” stated Prof Muhammad Naeem Khan, vice chancellor of the University of Baltistan, in keeping with The Telegraph.
Wajid Bhatti, who researches historic Christian crosses at Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad, contacted the college and stated he acknowledged the model of the cross.
He stated the cross is “a typical Thomonian Cross of India.” According to Christian custom, the apostle Thomas introduced the gospel to India in 52 AD.
According to Bhatti, the cross is among the greatest ever found on the subcontinent.
The University of Baltistan stated it’s going to attain out to European and North American universities to assist uncover extra details about the age and origin of the cross.
“It is indeed great news for all of us that an ancient cross was found in Skardu. It shows that Christianity existed in this area and there must be a church and houses of Christians. There are currently no Christian families in that area, but they were once present,” stated Mansha Noor, government director of Caritas Pakistan.
“I request the authorities invite international historians to find out more about the accurate history of the cross.”