To me, this is convincing, but more comparisons with ossuaries
from other tombs need to be done.
There are some grave goods but no burials or ossuaries
in the antechamber.
In 1927 General Giovanni Faracovi was asked to prepare a national plan for dealing with the war dead, and he proposed exhuming bodies from cemeteries to create a smaller number of mass graves or ossuaries
close to the battlefields or in the crypts of churches.
The use of ossuaries
in tombs was common in and around Jerusalem at the time of Jesus.
Dispensing almost entirely with periods and resorting to strategic uses of the comma, Ossuaries
is both gloriously and maddeningly paratactic, enforcing connections between objects, ideas, sensations, and actions without explicitly indicating what those connections might be.
Ten stone bone boxes, or ossuaries
, were discovered in 1980 during construction work in south Jerusalem.
Trouble is, the arguments for claiming to have discovered the tomb and the ossuaries
that contained the remains of Jesus and his family are only vaguely persuasive -- not even former CIA director George Tenet would've declared this evidence a "slam dunk.
History professor Amos Kloner said: "At least three other ossuaries
have been found inscribed with the name Jesus and countless others with the names Mary and Joseph.
The entries cover all those things one is assumed to know such as the meaning of enclosures, advowsons, ridings, militia, saints' days, window tax, ossuaries
, heraldry (one of the author's main interests), Martello towers, glebe, boroughs and so on and on.
A few line drawings of types of tombs, ossuaries
, and related materials would have saved many words of tortuous descriptions.
Simultaneously, contact period ossuaries
were being dug along the Potomac River, yielding the first archaeological data about demography, mortuary practices and European trade goods associated with Chesapeake Indians (Graham 1935; Stewart and Wedel 1937; Ferguson and Stewart 1940).
did not mention siblings, implying that Jesus was someone well-known and important.