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Nail from the time of Christ found hidden with Knights Templar swords

Beat that Da Vinchi code! The four-inch long nail is thought to be one of thousands used in crucifixions across the Roman empire. It was buried with three skeletons and three swords, including one with the religious orderís cross on its blade, on the tiny island of Ilheu de Pontinha, off Madeira. Archaeologists believe it dates from either the first or second century AD.

The nail was found last summer in a decorated box in a fort on the tiny isle of Ilheu de Pontinha, just off the coast of Madeira.

Pontinha was thought to have been held by the Knights Templar, the religious order that was part of the Christian forces which occupied Jerusalem during the Crusades in the 12th century. Bryn Walters, an archaeologist, said the iron nail's remarkable condition suggested it had been handed with extreme care, as if it was a relic.

"It dates from the first to second centuries," he told the Daily Mirror.

While one would expect the surface to be "pitted and rough" he said on this nail the surface was smooth. That suggested that many people had handled it over the centuries, with the acid on their hands giving it a "peculiar finish".

Christopher Macklin of the Knights Templar of Britannia said the discovery was "momentous". He said the original Knights Templar may have thought it was one of the nails used in Christ's crucifixion. 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.


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By netchicken: posted on 3-3-2010








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