A nail which many believe could have been the very one to nail Jesus Christ to the cross during the crucifixion has been found in a secret chamber. Archaeologists who were working at the Milevsko monastery in the Czech Republic came across the six-inch nail in a box with an inscription that read “Jesus Is King.”
- The box is incredibly ancient. The box the nail was contained is said to have a 21-karat gold cross on the front and dates back to between 260 and 416 AD. While Christ was said to have been crucified in the year 33 AD, it would makes sense if someone had kept one of the nails and it had been passed on at holy institutions over the years.
- Of course, its status can’t actually be proven. While it’s impossible to know if this nail actually was used to crucify Jesus Christ, experts have said that the discovery is “even greater than the reliquary of St. Maurus.” The Maurus Reliquary is a similar gold box, this one containing fragments of remains of Saint John the Baptist, Saint Timothy, and Saint Maurus.
- It’s possible that a real nail used in the crucifixion ended up in the Czech Republic. Experts told Czech News Agency (CTK) that the Milev Monastery where the nail was found was “one of the richest institutions in Czech Republic” and therefore could have managed to obtain it from another source.
- The authenticity of the nail will be explored by experts. More historians and archeologists will study the nail in the coming weeks and months to determine its authenticity, though it’s unlikely we’ll ever know for sure if it ever came in contact with Jesus.