John the Baptist, a major religious figure who baptized Jesus Christ and led a movement of baptism at the Jordan River was claimed to be found last week after the monastery’s basilica was opened on Sunday, August 1, 2010 in Bulgaria. Archaeologists claim they have found the remains of John the Baptist while excavating the site of a 5th century monastery on the Black Sea island of Sveti Ivan. A reliquary – a container for holy relics and made of alabaster, contained fragments of a skull, a hand, and a tooth.
The monastery on the island where the remains were found was dedicated to John the Baptist. The relics are believed to have been donated to the monastery by the Byzantine Church.