Nails controversially linked to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ have fragments of ancient bone and wood embedded in them, scientists have confirmed.
The nails were allegedly found in Jerusalem, in a first-century burial cave believed to be the resting place of Caiaphas, the Jewish priest who sent Jesus to his death in the Bible.
In 1990 the cave was excavated, however, the nails went missing. Filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici later would claim to have found the nails, even claiming that they were used to crucify Jesus himself in the 2011 documentary, Nails Of The Cross.
At the time, scholars slammed the suggestion, denying that the nails Jacobovici had found were the same ones from Caiaphas’ tomb.
But now an explosive new study has concluded that the nails are indeed the same ones – and that they were probably used to crucify someone too.
The Caiaphas cave was discovered in Jerusalem’s Peace Forest, in the south of the city, and has since been paved over.