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Evidence of How Jesus Died: 2,000-Year-Old Crucified Remains Show Sign of Nails

Evidence of How Jesus Died: 2,000-Year-Old Crucified Remains Show Sign of Nails
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By    |   Tuesday, 05 June 2018 07:35 AM

Evidence supporting how Jesus may have died by crucifixion has been found by archaeologists in Italy who unearthed the skeletal remains of a man that showed signs of being nailed to a wooden cross.

Live Science reported it was just the second time archaeologists have found direct evidence of a crucifixion, reportedly a common form of capital punishment in Rome for criminals and slaves.

The man had been buried in northern Italy near Venice some 2,000 years ago, Live Science reported, and his remains were discovered in 2007.

A new study on the remains, published in the journal Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences, showed an unhealed fracture on a heel bone, suggesting that his feet had been nailed to a cross.

"In the specific case, despite the poorly preserved conditions, we could demonstrate the presence of signs on the skeleton that indicate a violence similar to crucifixion," study coauthor Emanuela Gualdi of the University of Ferrara told the Italian-language newspaper Estense, according to The Times of Israel.

While crucifixions were broadly discussed in historical writings, including the New Testament of the Bible as the way Jesus Christ was executed, the only previously discovered archaeological evidence comes from a 1968 Jerusalem excavation, the Times said.

That was found at a massive Second Temple Jewish cemetery, believed to be from the second century.

"The importance of the discovery lies in the fact that it is the second case documented in the world," coauthor Ursula Thun Hohenstein told Estense.

"Although this brutal type of execution has been perfected and practiced for a long time by the Romans, the difficulties in preserving damaged bones and, subsequently, in interpreting traumas, hinder the recognition of crucifixion victims, making this testimony even more precious," Thun Hohenstein added.

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Evidence supporting how Jesus may have died by crucifixion has been found by archaeologists in Italy who unearthed the skeletal remains of a man that showed signs of being nailed to a wooden cross.
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