Here’s my round-up combining the latest from the blogosphere on two key archaeological topics that are featuring prominently in news and blogs: the Talpiot tombs and their ossuaries, and the conclusion of the James ossuary forgery trial.
James Tabor makes an attempt at satire, but I don’t think it works very well. He also draws attention to the release of new photos, and clarifies that some images previously circulated were created based on multiple photos taken from a variety of angles.
Bob Cargill discusses the base of the vase (or seaweed-engulfed head of Jonah), followed up by Steve Caruso depicting what happens when you adjust the angle/perspective on the fish/vase on the Talpiot ossuary.
Ferrell Jenkins sums up the current situation: “Today, and in the months to come, the reaction to this court decision will likely be along this line. Those who “knew” that the ossuary inscription was a fake, still think it is a fake. Those who thought the full inscription is genuine, still think it is genuine. Those who did not know whether the inscription was genuine or a fake still do not know. That is where I stand.”