CANADA

BAPTISM'S FONT

August 30 2004
CANADA

BAPTISM'S FONT

August 30 2004

BAPTISM'S FONT

UP FRONT

Archaeologist Rafi Lewis wades through a cistern with 28 steps and a carved stone for foot cleansing. A new find, some say this is the cave where John the Baptist initiated his followers. Hidden in limestone hills outside Jerusalem, and near where John, a distant cousin of Jesus, was born, the 24-m-deep cave was dug before his time. But the wall carvings, including one of a preacher in a fur coat, came later, perhaps done by monks paying homage to where John performed his early rituals.