Skip to comments.Nail from the time of Christ's crucifixion found in a dig
Posted on 03/02/2010 9:53:59 AM PST by Free ThinkerNY
A nail from the time of Christ's crucifixion which was hidden by the same knights who featured in The Da Vinci Code has been found in a dig.
The four-inch Roman relic, stored in an ornate box, was uncovered by archaeologists working at a fort thought to have been a former Knights Templar stronghold.
It was buried with three skeletons and three swords, including one with the religious order's cross on its blade, on the tiny island of Ilheu de Pontinha, off Madeira.
The iron nail is of the type used in thousands of crucifixions - but it is special. Archaeologist Bryn Walters said: "It dates from the 1st to 2nd centuries. You'd expect the surface to be pitted and rough after so long. But this was smooth.
"It looks like it had been handled by a lot of people over a long period of time and the acid from their hands have given it a peculiar finish."
Yesterday Christopher Macklin of the Knights Templar of Britannia described last summer's find as "momentous".
He said evidence the nail had been handled a lot "indicates it was of great interest to many people". He believes the original Knights Templar thought it was a genuine artefact from Christ's crucifixion.
They occupied Jerusalem during the Crusades a thousand years after Christ, and claimed to be guardians of the Holy Grail, the cross and other relics. The Da Vinci Code portrays them as a modern secret society.
Did they check for DNA?
Thanks for the pic.
That must have hurt.
The Romans crucified thousands in those centuries. Does it have the name of Yeshua on it?
Ahh, relics. Now that was the business to get into during the middle ages.
Yes and it’s in the same category as the the Shroud of Turin..interesting and hopefully no one will worship it.
Bully for the nail but I’d be more interested in seeing a pic of the swords.
I went to see a relic and all I got was this amazing architecture!
Or, perhaps to place it for a populace that has no other frame of reference for the item.
you = half empty
me = half full
just a thought.
If you notice, those kind of cultural references always serve the left, it is how they create a cultural memory and rewrite history.
It is how they created a fake history for J Edgar Hoover, or JFK or Republican Presidents.
Watergate lives and is kept fresh in the memory of America, but the Clinton impeachment was never hammered into the national consciousness and has been allowed to fade even from the memory of people that witnessed it.
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The funniest satire I ever read was by Mark Twain in his two books "Innocents Abroad" and "A Tramp Abroad". To paraphrase, he said after touring Europe that he had seen enough nails to fill a keg, enough splinters to reconstruct the true cross and enough bones of Peter to reconstruct the saint.
That nails down that period of time to the first century.
That is hilarious and fitting too.