The analysis of the original rock may enable researchers to better understand the original form of the tomb chamber, (http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/10/jesus-tomb-opened-church-holy-sepulchre/) National Geographic wrote on its website.
Twenty five hundred years ago, Etruscan artisans carved the rock into homes to shelter beloved, departed ones and decorated the slanted-roof tomb chamber walls around the sleeping alcoves with carved pillars, relief designs and paintings of people, animals and plants.
Two other murals were found in the same tomb chamber, one depicting a 17-member troupe staging an opera and the other, about nirvana, a divine state of peace and release from desire for Buddhists, he added.
Chinese archaeologists have so far decided not to excavate the actual tomb chamber, but are concentrating on the many pits surrounding it, patiently awaiting future developments in excavation and conservation techniques as well as new methods of non-destructive scanning.
In the tomb chamber, the white marble dados and the cenotaphs of Shah Jahan and his wife are covered in pietra dura flowers of blue lapis lazuli, red jasper, greenish jade and quartz, yellow marble and many other coloured stones to create ravishing friezes of flowers.