The Garden Tomb located outside the Damascus Gate is one of the two debated sites of Jesus' crucifixion, burial, and resurrection. This site was discovered in 1867 by a Greek man who owned some wasteland near Skull Hill. He was digging hoping to find a cistern when he discovered a hole full of skulls and bones. Archaeologist told him that it was an ancient burial place. The site was abandoned until in 1883 a British General named General Gordon saw the site from a friend's house and was impressed by the topography of the area and the skull-like appearance of the rock. Gordon's identification of Golgotha "gained fame and publicity.

Almost immediately arguments erupted over the true site of Jesus' tomb. The arguments are often split between the Catholics and the Protestants. The Catholics hold the Church of the Holy Sepulcure as the site of Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection. The Protestants argue for The Garden Tomb.

The Place of the Skull


The Garden Tomb. Notice the grove used to hold a stone rolled in front of the entrance.

This is the location where Jesus would have been laided to rest. Notice the raised head rest on the right end.