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news from December 2001

December 06

Sacred Ethiopian artefact found in cupboard
The Scotsman 06 December 2001

A SACRED Ethiopian artefact has been discovered in a church cupboard in Edinburgh - 130 years after it was seized by British soldiers in a bloody battle.

Church to return relic to Ethiopia
Daily Telegraph 6 December 2001

A SACRED religious artefact seized by British soldiers more than 130 years ago is to be returned to Ethiopia after it was discovered by accident in a church cupboard. The Rev John McLuckie found the carved piece of wood known as a "Tabot" while he was looking for a communion set at St John the Evangelist Church in Princes Street, Edinburgh.

Ark relic found in cupboard
The Guardian 6 December 2001

In Hollywood movies, the ark of the covenant is usually uncovered by a whip-wielding hero abseiling into a cave, but in Edinburgh they do things rather differently. The Rev John McLuckie has found it while clearing out a cupboard. The Scottish Episcopal church vicar was searching a dusty recess at the church of St John the Evangelist, a notable landmark in the city's Princes Street, when he found the Ethiopian ark - or a sacred representation of it, at least - in a Victorian leather box at the back of the cupboard.

Ethiopian artefact found in cupboard
BBC 6 December 2001

A sacred Ethiopian artefact has been discovered in a church cupboard in the Scottish capital, Edinburgh - 130 years after it was seized by British soldiers in a bloody battle. The wooden tabot, or tablet, represents the ark of the covenant and is sacred to Ethiopia's Orthodox Christians.

December 05

Sacred Ethiopian artefact found in cupboard
Scottish Episcopal Church Press Release 05 December 2001

Edinburgh worshippers have discovered a sacred Ethiopian artefact hidden in their church cupboard - 130 years after it was seized by British soldiers in a bloody battle. The Rev John McLuckie found the 'Tabot' in a battered leather box while he was looking for a communion set at St John the Evangelist, Princes Street.

Relic out of Africa and into cupboard
Edinburgh Evening News 05 December 2001

ITS carved markings represent something so sacred that millions of Africans believe it should never be seen by ordinary humans. But the relic was taken from Ethiopia by British soldiers in one of the bloodiest and most controversial episodes in the country’s history. Now the holy carving, which is thought to be 400 years old, has been found at the back of a cupboard in an Edinburgh church.
 
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