Check out this news story:
This story doesn't really belong in the science category... more like the comedy category.
Anybody else agree? An entire film will be aired on the History Channel that claims to link some rusty nails to a specific person who may or may not be a fictional character dreamed up to represent human suffering. Watching this film will be suffering enough.
Soon coming on your screen: the discovery of nail n° 389 and the cross n° 5894.
The relics business is, although 2000 years old, still business.
now science must carbon and radio metric date these nails to the time period specified and then see if any DNA can be found and studied from the nails.
honestly i don't watch the revisionist history channel
I suppose I should be happy it's not airing on DISCOVERY...ha. I agree with your opinion of the History Channel.
These nails could very well be artifacts from crucifixions. But it's a huge leap to pinpoint who they 'pierced'...if anybody. Can we match the DNA (if present) to an individual human? This is just another example of trying to force a theory or piece of evidence to push forward a religious agenda. It may be entertaining to watch the leaps that would have to be made to prove this matter.
I reply to you regarding "Can we match the DNA (if present) to an individual human?"
well seeing jesus is claimed to have been magic a "god" if you will. Than when we study the DNA if found should have major abnormalities, if not than jesus could be ruled out as the original owner of these nails. i hope this answers your question. but regarding your statement "These nails could very well be artifacts from crucifixions." It is true that hundreds if not thousands of people where crucified during the time specified, so how anyone could make a knowingly ignorant statement such as these nails belongs to a savior on a stick i don't know.
I absolutely hate/detest/and vial disgust for the revisionist history channel, because when they are are not glorifying the Nazis, or presenting fiction as fact, they are promoting woo woo medicine/science
How about this classic George Carlin quote:
"I would never want to be a member of a group whose symbol was a guy nailed to two pieces of wood".
It seems to me that it would be highly unlikely that the nails used to crucify Jesus could have been picked up by souvenir hunters after he was removed from the cross. Iron was expensive back in those days. Surely, the Romans would have immediately stored the nails for the next crucifixion victim or dropped them off at the smithy to be reforged into new nails or other metal items.
I believe that it was Mark Twain who noted that the cathedrals of Europe possessed enough of Jesus' crucifixion nails to build an iron locomotive, as well as enough splinters of the True Cross to construct a large church.