Santa Claus’ tomb may have just been discovered beneath an ancient church

Archeologists have just made a discovery that could ruin Christmas for kids all around the world.

Researchers say that they may have discovered the tomb belonging to Saint Nicholas, who is better known to the world as Santa Claus.

According to the Telegraph, the archaeological find was unearthed in Demre, Turkey, in the St. Nicholas Church during electronic surveys that showed gaps beneath the building.

“We believe this shrine has not been damaged at all, but it is quite difficult to get to it as there are mosaics on the floor,” Cemil Karabayram, head of Antalya’s Monument Authority, told the Turkish Hurriyet Daily News, the Telegraph reported.

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The tomb will take some time to get to as archeologists will have to scale each floor tile one by one and remove them as a whole.

“We have obtained very good results but the real work starts now,” Karabayram said. “We will reach the ground and maybe we will find the untouched body of Saint Nicholas.”

Though St. Nick's remains were long believed to have been brought to the city of Bari in Italy in 1087, Turkish researchers believe the grave actually contains the bones of the wrong man.

The excavation leader was stunned at the find and says that the new tomb could boost tourism for the area.

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