Archaeology: A Secret History - BBC Four
Episode 1 “In the Beginning”
Christian religious relics like The Holy Tunic of Christ and the Holy Nails -with which Jesus Christ was crucified- are some of the first archaeological discoveries ever made. The tunic has been preserved in the Cathedral of Trier for over 1500 years (but other traditions place it in different churches).
The person who is said to have discovered these artifacts is the Empress Helena -Saint Helena, Helen of Constantinople- (Flavia Iulia Helena Augusta, 249 - 330 AD) mother of the emperor Constantine the Great, who converted the Roman Empire to Christianity. In 326, Constantine sent Helena -who was also converted- off to find evidence of Rome’s new official religion. She went on a pilgrimage to the Roman province of Syria Palaestina, where she ordered the construction of several churches and discovered the True Cross of Jesus’s crucifixion plus other relics. She was canonized and became a Saint in the Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic Church.
Helena is is known as the patron saint of archaeologists. Ironically she eventually ended up as a religious relic herself (her skull is displayed in Trier).
Trier Cathedral, Trier, Germany