Nails ‘used in crucifixion of Jesus Christ’ found in secret monastery chamber

Archaeologists have discovered a shrine with a chipped part of the nail which they believe is from the cross on which Jesus Christ died.

The discovery was made at a monastery in Milevsko, Czech Republic.

The six-centimetre fragment of the nail was found in a cavity in the vault of the monastery.

It was discovered in a box and is inscribed "IR" – which translates to "Jesus is King".

The archeology team say that the secret chamber had been used to hide rare artefacts from raids in the early 15th century.

Radio Prague reports that researchers cannot confirm whether the nail came from the "True Cross", but say the discovery is “even greater than the reliquary of St Maurus”.

The Maurus Reliquary is a large gold box containing fragments of the bodies of Saint Maurus, Saint John the Baptist and Saint Timothy.

Archaeologists have previously uncovered dozens of nails claimed to be linked to the crucifixion, leading experts to remain skeptical about the new find.

Jiří Šindelář, who took part in the discovery, told ČTK news agency: “Because the Hussites destroyed the archive, there was no information that such a thing was here.”

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Experts will verify the findings next year, he added.

Earlier this year a bombshell study revealed nails which were controversially linked to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ do indeed have fragments of ancient bone and wood embedded in them.

The nails were allegedly 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 cave was excavated in 1990, however, the nails went missing.

But filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici claims he found the nails and that they were used to crucify Jesus himself in the 2011 documentary, Nails Of The Cross.

At the time, scholars slammed the suggestion, denying that the nails Jacobovici had found were the same ones from Caiaphas’ tomb.

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

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