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St Nicholas Church in Antalya province in southern Turkey, where Saint Nicholas is believed to have been born.  CREDIT: ANADOLU AGENCY/GETTY IMAGES 

Archaeologists in Turkey have made a discovery which could settle a century-old debate … and disappoint millions of children around the world. 

They have unearthed what they say is likely the previously undiscovered tomb of the original Santa Claus, or Saint Nicholas, beneath an ancient church in Demre, southern Turkey.

Demre, previously known as Myra, in Antalya province, is believed to be the birthplace of the 4th century bishop.   MORE

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