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Fakes

Last October, there was an announcement of the discovery of a light brown limestone box of the type commonly used for burials in first-century A.D. in Jerusalem. This box supposedly contained the bones of James, the brother of Jesus. Another important discovery was that of the Jehoash Inscription, a 2,800-year-old account of repairs made to the Temple in Jerusalem. But finally,

“Gold Dust And James Bond”:http://www.archaeology.org/magazine.php?page=online/features/ossuary/index

bq. Based on these results and a combination of epigraphic and historical considerations, the commission concluded that both inscriptions are modern fakes, engraved on authentic artifacts and covered with a carefully prepared mixture to imitate patina and to make them look centuries old.

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