In October a historic event took place, and we were on the scene to record everything! A team from National Geographic lead by archeologist in residence Fredrik Hiebert, worked with a team from the National Technical University of Athens lead by Chief Scientific Supervisor Professor Antonia Moropoulou, to uncover the tomb of Jesus Christ for the first time in centuries.
Our team stood in the room as the Greek Patriarch of Jerusalem, the Roman Catholic Patriarch, and the Armenian Orthodox Patriarch, as well as prominent figures from other religious communities came together, and offered their blessing to allow this historic event to take place. The structural integrity of the tomb has been a concern for many years, and the restoration process is of vital importance, or the whole structure could crumble. Removing the cover of the burial bed is part of the restoration of the Edicule. Exposing the burial bed also allows researchers to study the original surface of one of the most sacred sites in Christianity.
On the day of the uncovering Greek Orthodox, Franciscan and Armenian Priests as well as people of varying faiths stood outside the Edicule as conservators uncovered the tomb. On site was our Line Producer Noam Shalev, producer Hanna Abu Saada and the Highlight production team to witness and record every moment of the event. Under the slab of marble they found layers of fill material that researchers will examine.
You can see the full story soon on National Geographic EXPLORER. http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/explorer/
Experiencing an event of this nature is incredible. We take pride in Nat Geo choosing us for the project and we are so happy to have been part of it.