The Value of Ossuaries

Many ossuaries are of archaeological and historical value. Some may be of more interest than others. But some, through spin, forgery, or other means, try to make the interesting seem incredible – and our historical understanding is liable to suffer as a result.

On the Talpiot patio tomb, Bob Cargill has annotated a video with Simcha Jacobovici:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64ud_sp2hO8

See also the discussion on Bob’s blog (and the review of The Jesus Discovery in the Winnipeg Free Press).

And on the James Ossuary, Matthew Kalman explains why he thinks that that artifact is likely to be authentic.

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