Well, James Cameron had his press conference, but I guess most people are seeing this for what it is. Ho-hum. But it is nice to see that the experts are just as skeptical as I am.
Here is a bit from Yahoo News/Reuters:
Dr. Shimon Gibson, one of the archeologists who discovered the tomb, told Reuters at the news conference he had a "healthy skepticism" the tomb may have belonged to the family of Jesus, but the claims deserved to be investigated.
In Jerusalem, the Israeli archeologist who also carried out excavations at the tomb on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, disputed the documentary’s conclusions.
The archeologist, Amos Kloner, said the 2,000-year-old cave contained coffins belonging to a Jewish family whose names were similar to those of Jesus and his relatives.
"I can say positively that I don’t accept the identification (as) … belonging to the family of Jesus in Jerusalem," Kloner told Reuters. "I don’t accept that the family of Miriam and Yosef (Mary and Joseph), the parents of Jesus, had a family tomb in Jerusalem."
"They were a very poor family. They resided in Nazareth, they came to Bethlehem in order to have the birth done there — so I don’t accept it, not historically, not archeologically," said Kloner, a professor in the Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archeology at Bar-Ilan University near Tel Aviv.
After they were discovered, the bones were reburied according to Orthodox tradition, leaving just the boxes with inscriptions and human residue to be examined though ongoing DNA testing.
Professor L. Michael White, of the University of Texas, said he also doubted the claims were true.
"This is trying to sell documentaries," he said, adding a series of strict tests needed to be conducted before a bone box or inscription could be confirmed as ancient. "This is not archeologically sound, this is fanfare."
So to summarize: Archeologists are expressing healthy skepticism and disputing the documentary’s conclusions and doubting the claims are true and saying this is just fanfare.
And in case you are wondering, no, I won’t watch the documentary when it airs on Sunday. I wouldn’t waste my time.
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