The Politics of being Dead for Over a Millenium
While it is true that this Byzantine temple was built on the foundations of a Roman building, the flooring and the marble piece are all reused elements from the previous periods. A metal detector was brought in to check for any clearly visible artifacts, but only coins were found. The limestone entrance to the tomb will remained closed until a structural design is made in case the ceiling collapses below. People have wondered what one does with the remains of people. The short answer is that if either the Latin Church, or the Eastern Orthodox Church are called in, they can lay claim to the site, and basically imped the progress of digging. A archaeologist who is a chaplain would perform the ceremony and have them laid to rest. Strange when you think that these people would hardly recognize the Latin Church let alone, a form called Protestantism.