Bulgarian archeologists think they have found the remains of St. John the Baptist. Well, technically they only found fragments of a skull, a hand, and a tooth. And, technically they don’t know that they belonged to John the Baptist. The bone fragments were discovered in a reliquary inscribed with the date June 24, traditionally the date of John’s birth. And, though I don’t mean to disparage anyone’s relics, it does seem entirely legitimate to question whether we can simply assume that the bones inside a reliquary actually belonged to the saint in question. Right?
So, in breaking news, archeologists have discovered a really old box that may or may not have something to do with John the Baptist and that contains bones which may very well not have belonged to John in the first place. When you say it like that, though, it’s not as exciting.