Just four days before Christmas, archaeologists today unveiled what they said were the remains of the first dwelling in Nazareth that can be dated back to Jesus, according to the Associated Press.
Based on clay and chalk shards found at the site, the dwelling appeared to house a "simple Jewish family," said archaeologist Yardena Alexandre, excavations director at the Israeli Antiquities Authority.
Nazareth holds a cherished place in Christianity. It is the town where Christian tradition says Jesus grew up and where an angel told Mary she would bear the child of God.
"This may well have been a place that Jesus and his contemporaries were familiar with," Alexandre said. A young Jesus may have played around the house with his cousins and friends, she added.