I am wondering in light of Rochelle Altmann's recent
analysis of the supposed James Ossuary if it wasn't
handled and packaged as well since a silent verdict
has been reached with respect to authenticity?
Perhaps the real evidence lies in the dusty storeroom
of the Israel Archaeological Authority as mentioned in
the following link below.
Maybe Rochelle Altmann or other professionals on this
list have access to the details surrounding the finds
described at this site:
..."To their surprise, the research took hardly any
time and, in a very matter of fact way, they were
directed to the Israel Archaeological Authority
storeroom, to meet with the curator Baruk Brendel. The
Jesus ossuary was soon brought to their attention,
along with the collection of ossuaries from the same
family tomb. Not only the ossuary of Jesus son of
Joseph, but those of his parents and siblings,
together with another associated casket, inscribed
with the name Matthew.
Although all devoid of bones, it was explained that
the Jewish law in this regard is very strict in
Israel. When bones, or artifacts containing bones, are
archaeologically discovered, the bones have to be
sensitively reburied by the authorities, even though
their containers may be separately removed. By 1996,
however, the original burial site had become quite
inaccessible beneath a large new apartment block.
The stunning news hit the British press on Sunday 31st
March 1996, with front-page headlines and a lengthy
feature article in The Sunday Times, entitled "The
Tomb that dare not speak its Name."
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