Mark in a Mask

Your Sunday Morning Supplement

Rich mummies got swathed in finery. Poor folk got wrapped in whatever recycles were lying around.

Fortunately, that included pieces of parchment.

“We’re recovering ancient documents from the first, second and third centuries,” Craig Evans, a professor of New Testament studies at Acadia Divinity College in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, told Live Science.

Evans is part of a large team of researchers working on the project, which is based in Oklahoma City. "The scholars involved are from all over the world," he told

These scraps of parchment include fragments of what they think is the oldest known copy of Mark; I doubt there will be a whole lot of revision of theology (heh), since "oldest" only pushes it back about ten years, to 90AD, but as an armchair scriptural archaeologist I am always excited by such discoveries. Hope when they publish their findings I run across the info.