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Have John the Baptist’s Bones Been Found in Bulgaria?

Have John the Baptist’s Bones Been Found in Bulgaria?

Hulton Archive / Getty Images(Aug. 4) — Archaeologists in Bulgaria claimed to have located a sarcophagus containing the bones of John the Baptist, drawing enthusiasm from politicians but doubts from some experts.

An ancient alabaster reliquary, a box for relics, was found embedded in an altar at the ruins of a fifth-century monastery on the tiny Black Sea island of Sveti Ivan. On Sunday, the excavation’s leader, Kazimir Popkonstantinov, carefully pried open the miniature casket at a ceremony attended by local government figures and an Eastern Orthodox bishop in the nearby coastal town of Sozopol.

Inside, researchers found parts of a cranium, tooth and arm bone, according to Bulgarian news agency Novinite. Further tests are now being carried out on the remains, and the country’s culture minister, Vezhdi Rashidov, declared that people should wait for results before making “emotional statements” about the identity of the bones’ original owner.

Archaeologists in Bulgaria said they have found a sarcophagus containing John the Baptist’s bones, but other experts expressed doubts. Continue reading Have John the Baptist’s Bones Been Found in Bulgaria?