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Is this Christianity's FIRST church? Cave where '70 beloved by God worshipped while Christ was alive' is found
Jordan archaeologists have unearthed what could be the world's oldest church dating back 2,000 years.
Resembling scenes out of an Indiana Jones movie, scientists explored the underground cavern and discovered a cave underneath the church which they believe it is an even more ancient site of Christian worship than the church site above it.
Archaeologist Abdel-Qader Hussein, head of the Rihab Center for Archaeological Studies, Abdul Qader al-Husan told The Jordan Times:'We have uncovered what we believe to be the first church in the world, dating from 33 AD to 70 AD.
Archeeologists have discovered a cave underneath the Saint Georgeous Church in Jordan which they claim dates back to the time of Christ
'We have evidence to believe this church sheltered the early Christians - the 70 disciples of Jesus Christ.'
Mr Hussein said there was evidence that the underground cave was used by the in the first century after Christ's death, which would make it the oldest Christian site of worship in the world.
The cave was unearthed in the northern Jordanian city of Rihab after three months of excavation and shows evidence of early Christian rituals.
It lies under St. Georgeous church, which was built in 230 A.D.
A tourist takes a picture of an of Saint Georgeous Church in Rehab, 65 km northeast of the Jordanian capital Amman
An archaeologist walks 'inside' the old church
He described a circular worship area with stone seats separated from a living area that had a long tunnel leading to a source of water and said the early Christians hid there from persecution.