Jesus Christ's crucifixion nails were supposedly "found" by Canadian filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici following an archaeological dig in Jerusalem. Jacobovici insists that the ancient artifacts perhaps used to nail Jesus to the Cross were found in the grave of Jewish high priest Caiaphas, the man who ordered Jesus to his death upon surrendering Jesus to the Romans per the New Testament.
Jacobovici and a team of archeologists, anthropologists, and scientists from a Tel Aviv laboratory banned together at the excavation site located in a forest near Abu Tor, Jerusalem and many ancient artifacts. Among the team's findings were two ossuaries containing skeletal remains, one with the inscription "Caiaphas" and the other with the inscription "Joseph son of Caiaphas." The team also found coins, a perfume bottle, and a pair of rusty nails Jacobovici suggests were used during the crucifixion of Jesus.
Jacobovici offered a statement regarding the excavation and it's findings with: "if you look at the whole story, historical, textual, archaeological, they all seem to point at these two nails being involved in a crucifixion. And since Caiaphas is only associated with Jesus' crucifixion, you put two and two together and they seem to imply that these are the nails."
Many are skeptical that Jacobovici's nails are in fact those once used on Jesus. The Israel Antiquities Authority dismissed Jacobovici's claims insisting that the nails found in the excavated and resealed tomb were quite common. The agency's spokesperson offered: "There is no doubt that the talented director Simcha Jacobovici created an interesting film with a real archaeological find at its center. But the interpretation presented in it has no basis in archaeological findings or research."
The excavation of Caiaphas' tomb is documented in Jacobovici's film "The Nails of the Cross" set to air in the U.S. on April 20, 2011 and in Israel on May 15, 2011.