I have purposely stayed away from commenting on this topic in order to see how others would weigh in. Needless to say, I was skeptical (as are others) about the conclusions of Simcha and his apparent team (Rami Arav and James Tabor) but the find itself may be significant for research into Second Temple burial practices and styles of iconography.
Discovery and Background
Simcha Jacobovici, an Emmy-winning documentary director and producer, hopes findings of current explorations will substantiate his earlier theory that Jesus was buried in a nearby cave.
By Nir Hasson
Under an ordinary residential building in Jerusalem’s Armon Hanatziv neighborhood, a robotic arm with a camera inserted into a Second Temple-era burial cave has revealed mysterious inscriptions and drawings on ossuaries.
Simcha Jacobovici, an Emmy-winning documentary director and producer who is best known for his documentary TV series “The Naked Archaeologist,” argues that the cave served as a burial cave for at least some of Jesus’ disciples.
See also: Huffington Post with short video…
James Tabor Preliminary Report: A Preliminary Report of an Exploration of a Sealed 1st Century Tomb in East Talpiot, Jerusalem
Ferrell Jenkins: Has the tomb of a pre-70 A.D. Christian been found?
NEW YORK—February 28, 2012—Specially-adapted and standard Remote Visual Inspection (RVI) equipment from the Inspection Technologies business of GE Measurement & Control has been used to carry out an internal inspection of a newly discovered burial tomb, dating from the first century, in Jerusalem. The equipment has provided high definition video images of ossuaries within the tomb to enable archaeological experts to read the ossuary inscriptions and gain some insight into their provenance. The extent of the discoveries will be revealed in a new documentary film and an accompanying book that will be launched on February 28 at the Discovery Museum in New York…
HT: J Lauer!