Archaeologists in Turkey may be on the cusp of solving a mystery thousands of years in the making after they stumbled on a tomb beneath the ruins of an ancient church they believe contains the remains of Saint Nicholas-known popularly as Santa Claus.
Antalya's Monument Authority head Cemil Karabayram said they discovered the untouched tomb while running digital surveys just beneath the church's surface, the Daily Sabah relayed. "We claim that St Nicholas has been kept in this temple without any damage", Karabayram announced. Each tile has to be scaled one by one and will have to be removed as a whole.
At the time of his death in 343 A.D., Saint Nicholas was interred at the Church in Demre, formerly known as Myra, where he lay undisturbed until the 11th century. Till date, it was believed that the remains of Santa were taken by Italian merchants in 1807 and since then it is buried in Bari, Italy. However, Turkish experts are now claiming the wrong bones were removed and those taken overseas belong to an anonymous priest.
Until now, the remains of St. Nicholas were believed to be in Italy.
The story of Santa Claus may be exactly that to many of us: a story.
The church is in search for researchers from eight different fields of study to take forward this work at the site. now when the archaeologists have done their part now the details have to be examined.
Karabayram said they may be able to get to St. Nicholas' untouched burial site, but they are still looking for researchers who will finish the work.
Well this article is about the very first Santa Claus: Old Saint Nick, AKA Saint Nicholas.
His generosity gave rise to the legend of Sinterklaas in the Netherlands, which eventually morphed into Santa Claus and was popularized in the U.S.by Dutch immigrants.