Crucifixion Nail Discovery


Someone sent me a link to this article today. It appeared in the titled “Nail from the time of Christ’s Crucifixion found in a dig” I’m not sure what to make of it. Not sure if it is real or fake. I don’t even know what the Mirror is…although the USA Today also picked up the story.

By Euan Stretch

A nail from the time of Christ’s crucifixion which was hidden by the same knights who featured in The Da Vinci Code has been found in a dig.

The four-inch Roman relic, stored in an ornate box, was uncovered by archaeologists working at a fort thought to have been a former Knights Templar stronghold.

It was buried with three skeletons and three swords, including one with the religious order’s cross on its blade, on the tiny island of Ilheu de Pontinha, off Madeira.

The iron nail is of the type used in thousands of crucifixions – but it is special. Archaeologist Bryn Walters said: “It dates from the 1st to 2nd centuries. You’d expect the surface to be pitted and rough after so long. But this was smooth.

“It looks like it had been handled by a lot of people over a long period of time and the acid from their hands have given it a peculiar finish.”

Yesterday Christopher Macklin of the Knights Templar of Britannia described last summer’s find as “momentous”.

He said evidence the nail had been handled a lot “indicates it was of great interest to many people”. He believes the original Knights Templar thought it was a genuine artefact from Christ’s crucifixion.

They occupied Jerusalem during the Crusades a thousand years after Christ, and claimed to be guardians of the Holy Grail, the cross and other relics. The Da Vinci Code portrays them as a modern secret society.


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    • haha to elaborate: That was entertaining, it’s really fun to think: “what if!”

      You know how sometimes big baseball players will buy their 500th homerun ball back from the fan who caught it? I wonder if Jesus made a deal with the guard who still had the nails to get them on a stand in heaven. I hear he’s a pretty persuasive negotiator 😛

      • I guess the thing that I was thinking is this. No One would have kept the nail after His death… well, maybe the centurion. 3 days later, after he had come back to life and appeared to many… then might someone start looking for the cross and nails.

        Actually, maybe the centurion is a good theory.