A team of archaeologists found several Christian relics in the Church of Saint Giles, located in Milevsko, a town located about 70 kilometers south of Prague, in the Czech Republic.
Among these is a 6-inch-long nail that could have been used in the crucifixion of Jesus Christ over 2,000 years ago.
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Czech researchers have been working on this monastery, built in 1187 for several months. They recently discovered a secret passage that leads to a room they call “the treasure room”.
According to experts, this place was used to store strange elements found during the incursions of the Hussite troops at the beginning of the 15th century.
“Because the Hussites destroyed the archive, there was no information that such a thing was here,” revealed to the Czech News Agency (ČTK) ‘Jiří Šindelář’, a participant in the discovery.
In that secret room was where they found a wooden box adorned with a 21 carat gold cross, silver ornaments and with the inscription “IR” (These letters could be the Latin abbreviation for Iesus Rex, which means ‘Jesus is King’). Inside was the aforementioned nail.
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Dozens of nails have already been discovered that are related to the crucifixion of Jesus
The clues that have led researchers to think that the nail was used in the crucifixion of Jesus are the wood with which the box was made and the gold embedded in it.
The Czech media ‘Idnes’ indicated that the researchers established that the wooden part belongs to the period between 260 and 416 AD
In addition to this, During the Middle Ages gold was an extremely rare metal and was only used in the manufacture of things completely exceptional for its rarity, price and importance.
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Was the nail really used in the crucifixion of Jesus?
Researchers have not yet assured with complete certainty that the nail came from the “True Cross” on which the messiah was crucified.
While the discovery could be of great importance to archaeological science, More studies still need to be done to determine the exact age of the object. For this reason, the authenticity of the nail will be verified by other scientific experts sometime next year.
In dialogue with ‘ČTK’ they noted that it is a larger find than the reliquary of San Mauro: a large gold box with fragments of the bodies of Saints San Mauro, San Juan Bautista and San Timoteo.
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One of the reasons they are skeptical about the finding is that Dozens of nails have already been discovered that are related to the crucifixion of Jesus.