|English: Panoramic photo of Burgh Island, Devon, taken at sunset July 2011 from Thurlestone (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
A BARMY researcher claims he has found the final resting place of Jesus — on a tiny island in Devon.Michael Goldsworthy says he has evidence that Burgh Island, near the small seaside village of Bigbury-on-Sea, contains the holy remains and a hoard of treasure.
The amateur archaeologist is now seeking permission from the local council to excavate the tiny tidal isle, separated from the land by a thin strip of sand.
Mr Goldsworthy believes Christ is buried alongside his uncle, Joseph of Arimathea, in a tomb which could also hold the Holy Grail, the Turin Shroud and the Ark of the Covenant, a legendary chest containing the Ten Commandments.
His outlandish claims are based on his interpretation of a 1,500-year-old Latin riddle attributed to a monk named Melkin.
Biblical ... Joseph of Arimathea is said to have buried Jesus after the crucifixion along with St John.
Mr Goldsworthy, from the nearby village of Aveton Gifford, believes Avalon was wrongly identified as Glastonbury Tor and is instead Burgh Island, where Agatha Christie also set two of her detective stories.
He said: “After the crucifixion, Joseph managed to obtain Jesus’s body and supposedly collected his blood and sweat into one or two receptacles and brought them with him to England.
“The vessel or vessels supposedly now lie with Joseph of Arimathea in an undiscovered sepulchre on mainland Britain.
“When his sarcophagus is discovered, it will be seen whole and untouched, and will be opened to the whole world.”
Burgh Island is owned by hoteliers Deborah Clark and Tony Orchard who say they are aware of Mr Goldsworthy’s theory but are not willing to associate themselves with it.