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In 1980 an ancient tomb was unearthed on a building site in the Jerusalem suburb of Talpiot by archaeologists Amos Kloner and Shimon Gibson. Inside were a number of bone boxes or ossuaries dating from the 1st century CE. The inscriptions on the sides of these boxes were an archaeological bombshell - they included, "Jesus son of Joseph", "Mary" another "Mary" in the rare form "Mariamne", a "Jose", a "Matthew" and a "Judah son of Jesus" - all names potentially associated with the New Testament family of Jesus of Nazareth. For over twenty years the ossuaries languished in the stores of the Israeli Antiquity Authority. Then in the early years of the 21st century, bible historian James Tabor began to question if the tomb at Talpiot was indeed the final resting place of Jesus Christ.


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