Dig unearths biblical bones

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Jerusalem (AP) - Archaeologists believe they have found the first-century bones of Caiaphas, the high priest who handed Jesus over to the Romans. The age of the bones, the elaborateness of the ossuary in which they were found and the inscriptions with the name Caiaphas found on the side of the casket-like box point to the man described in the Gospels, although the Israeli archaeologists who found them say they cannot make a positive identification.

The find, reported in a forthcoming issue of Biblical Archaeology Review is particularly striking since it represents the first archaeological evidence of the remains of any major figure in the New Testament, Ronny Reich of the Israeli Antiquities Authority said.