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How an apocalyptic plague helped spread Christianity Published: June 23, 2014

Archaeologists in Egypt have unearthed evidence of an apocalyptic plague in the third century that at least one Christian bishop believed was a sign of the end of the world -- an idea that might have helped the spread of Christianity.

A team from the Italian Archaeological Mission to Luxor unearthed the find earlier this month in the funerary complex of Harwa and Akhimenru in the west bank of the ancient city of Thebes, located in modern-day Luxor.

As the team excavated the site they found the remnants of bodies covered in a thick layer of lime. The lime was significant, as it was used in the ancient world as a form of disinfectant to prevent contamination.

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