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The Authenticity Of The James Ossuary, Amnon Rosenfeld, Howard R. Feldman, Wolfgang E. Krumbein Jan 2014

The Authenticity Of The James Ossuary, Amnon Rosenfeld, Howard R. Feldman, Wolfgang E. Krumbein

Lander College for Women - The Anna Ruth and Mark Hasten School Publications and Research

An archaeometric analysis of the James Ossuary inscription “James Son of Joseph Brother of Jesus” strengthens the contention that the ossuary and its engravings are authentic. The beige patina can be observed on the surface of the ossuary, continuing gradationally into the engraved inscription. Fine long striations made by the friction of falling roof rocks continuously crosscut the letters. Many dissolution pits are superimposed on several of the letters of the inscription. In addition to calcite and quartz, the patina contains the following minerals: apatite, whewellite and weddelite (calcium oxalate). These minerals result from the biogenic activity of microorganisms that ...