BAR 39:03, May/Jun 2013
“The Lord Is One”: How Its Meaning Changed
Near the village of Halbturn, Austria, about 60 miles east of Vienna, lies an ancient estate with its own graveyard. The estate was occupied from the late second century C.E. to the middle of the fifth century. The cemetery associated with the settlement includes approximately 300 graves.
Scholars were alerted to the ancient site in 1986 when two undisturbed graves were found in a field of crops. One of these graves, from the third century C.E., belonged to an infant about 18 months old. The skeleton was so poorly preserved that its sex could not be determined.
A small, undecorated silver capsule was buried with the child. Inside the capsule was a small rectangular gold leaf—measuring less than an inch on either side—folded and wrapped to form a small scroll.