Nails found attached to hand bones of skeleton at Second Temple Israeli tomb largely unknown even to scholars. This is the only case involving nails attached to hand bones from the Roman period thus giving confirmation to the Gospel of John.
St. Louis, MO USA—An ancient tomb from the Second Temple period was discovered in Jerusalem's Givat Hamivtar district in 1971 by the Israel Antiquities Authority. An ossuary located inside what is now known as the Abba Tomb contained the remains of an individual with two nails still attached to the hand bones and who had been beheaded. According to author Joseph Raymond, this is the only case where nails have been recovered attached to hand bones of a skeleton from ancient Israel; however, this find has remained largely hidden from public knowledge ever since. According to the Gospel of John, the Romans crucified Jesus by pounding nails through his hands. John 20:25. However, scholars have debated for centuries whether ancient Romans actually employed this technique. "We now have proof that the Romans did in fact place nails through the hands when crucifying their victims during the time of Jesus as reported in John's Gospel," notes Raymond.Via http://www.webwire.com/ViewPressRel.asp?aId=158581