John on March 2, 2010 at 11:51 pm
From the Telegraph:
The four-inch long nail is thought to be one of thousands used in crucifixions across the Roman empire.
Archaeologists believe it dates from either the first or second century AD.
The nail was found last summer in a decorated box in a fort on the tiny isle of Ilheu de Pontinha, just off the coast of Madeira.
Pontinha was thought to have been held by the Knights Templar, the religious order that was part of the Christian forces which occupied Jerusalem during the Crusades in the 12th century.
Did they believe it was a remnant from Christ’s crucifixion? Possibly, though obviously the chances are it was from any one of thousands the Romans carried out during the 1st century.