A nail of Christ’s crucifixion lies in a box with the inscription “Jesus is king” in a Czech monastery

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Priceless Christian relics have been discovered in a secret room in a monastery that is believed to include a nail used in the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

Archaeologists working in the Milevsko Monastery in the Czech Republic found a 15 cm long piece of nail in a box decorated with a cross made of 21 karat gold.

The box was built between AD 260 and AD 416 and bears the letters “IR”, which translates to “Jesus is king”.

The hidden treasure room, experts say, was used to conceal rare artifacts from raids by Hussite troops in the early 15th century.

Priceless Christian relics have been discovered in a secret room in a monastery that is believed to include a nail used in the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

Researchers who excavated the scene say they cannot confirm whether the nail came from the “real cross”, but note that the find “is even larger than the reliquary of Saint-Maurus, the news agency reports. Czech (ČTK).

The Maurus reliquary is a large gold box that contains fragments of the bodies of three saints: Saint Maur, Saint John the Baptist and Saint Timothy.

Dozens of nails have also been discovered linked to Jesus’ crucifixion, leading scientists to be skeptical of the recent discovery.

Jiří Šindelář, who was involved in the find, told ČTK: “Because the Hussites destroyed the records, there was no information that such a thing was here. “

Archaeologists working at Milevsko Monastery in the Czech Republic unearthed the six-inch-long piece of nail in a box adorned with a cross made of 21-karat gold.  The box was built between AD 260 and AD 416 and bears the letters 'IR', which translates to 'Jesus is King'

Archaeologists working at Milevsko Monastery in the Czech Republic unearthed the six-inch-long piece of nail in a box adorned with a cross made of 21-karat gold. The box was built between AD 260 and AD 416 and bears the letters “IR”, which translates to “Jesus is king”

The hidden treasure room, according to experts, was used to conceal rare artifacts from raids by Hussite troops in the early 15th century.

The hidden treasure room, according to experts, was used to conceal rare artifacts from raids by Hussite troops in the early 15th century.

Šindelář added that the authenticity of the nail will be verified by another scientific expert next year.

Archaeologists have been working at Milevsko Monastery for several months and recently discovered a secret passage leading to the treasure room.

The monastery was built in 1187, but was captured by the Hussites in 1420 and taken over by the nobility of the group.

However, before losing their place of worship, those who called the monastery built a secret room to hide rare and priceless artifacts.

Researchers who excavated the scene say they cannot confirm whether the nail came from the `` real cross, '' but note that the find `` is even larger than the reliquary of Saint Maur.

Researchers who excavated the scene say they cannot confirm whether the nail came from the “real cross,” but note that the find “is even larger than the reliquary of Saint Maur.

After analyzing the box by radiocarbon dating, the team discovered that it was made from two types of wood.

Larch wood, which is found in Israel’s subtropical climate, dates back to between 1290 and 1394 AD.

The second sample, which is oak, originated from AD 260 to AD 416.

A similar discovery was discovered in October when a team found nails containing ancient bones and wood.

The nails were reportedly found in Jerusalem, in a first-century burial cave believed to be the resting place of Caiaphas, the Jewish priest who sent Jesus to his death in the Bible.

At some point after the excavation of the cave in 1990, however, the nails disappeared

There is a long narrow passage under the monastery which led archaeologists to the hidden treasure room

There is a long narrow passage under the monastery which led archaeologists to the hidden treasure room

A 1482 painting of the crucifixion of Jesus, with nails, by Italian artist Pietro Perugino

A 1482 painting of the crucifixion of Jesus, with nails, by Italian artist Pietro Perugino

Years later, filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici would claim to have found the nails, even claiming they were used to crucify Jesus himself in the 2011 documentary, Nails Of The Cross.

At the time, researchers criticized the suggestion, denying that the nails Jacobovici found were the same as those in Caiaphas’s tomb.

But now an explosive new study has concluded that the nails are indeed the same – and that they were likely used to crucify someone, too.

Lead author Dr Aryeh Shimron made the jaw-dropping discovery after comparing the material of the nails with the material from the tomb’s ossuaries – limestone boxes used to store the bones of the dead.

A similar discovery was discovered in October when a team found nails containing ancient bones and wood.

A similar discovery was discovered in October when a team found nails containing ancient bones and wood.

One of the nails believed to have been found in a first-century burial cave in Jerusalem

One of the nails believed to have been found in a first-century burial cave in Jerusalem

He said: “The materials that invade caves subtly differ from cave to cave depending on the topography, the soil composition in the area, the microclimate and the surrounding vegetation.

“Therefore, the caves have distinct physical and chemical signatures.

“The physical and chemical properties of the materials which over the centuries have invaded the tomb and its ossuaries have been studied.

“Our analysis shows clearly and unequivocally that these materials are chemically and physically identical to those which, over the centuries, have also become attached to nails.

The “Caiaphas” cave was the only match for nails out of 25 tombs tested, Dr Shimron discovered.

He continued, “We also found thin strips of wood caught in the iron oxide rust of the nails.

“It is well preserved and completely petrified * the wood is therefore old and is not a coincidence or a false artificial attachment to the nails.

“In the rust and sediment attached to the nails, we also identified and photographed a number of microscopic bone fragments.

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