A team of scientists at Keble University (UK) has found a pelvic bone fragment that is believed to belong to Saint Nicholas – the archetype of today’s Santa Claus.
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The bone fragment was found in France, currently preserved by priest Dennis O’Neill at the church of St Martha of Bethany, Illinois (USA).
DNA analysis showed that the bone fragment was dated to around the 4th century AD, matching the time of Saint Nicholas’ death (circa 343 AD).
GS. Tom Higham of Keble University said the new bone fragment is most likely the remains of St. Nicholas.
Saint Nicholas is one of the most revered saints among Christians. Researchers believe he lived somewhere in the Myra region or present-day Turkey.
Legend has it that Saint Nicholas was a famously rich and generous man – an inspirational model for the construction of the image of Santa Claus – who brings gifts to children every Christmas.
Currently, most of the remains believed to be Saint Nicholas are being kept at the church of San Nicola, Bari (Italy) since 1087. In addition, about 500 other bone fragments are also being preserved by the church of San Nicola in Venice. manage.
“This discovery prompted us to further analyze the bones from Bari and Venice to see if they belonged to the same person. This can be done through DNA or genomics. very interesting if this is true”, Dr. Georges Kazan from Keble University shared.
However, determining whether these bones belong to the same person or not is still not enough to unravel the mysteries surrounding the actual remains of Saint Nicholas.
In October, archaeologists in Turkey found a tomb among the ruins of an ancient church, believed to be the tomb of Saint Nicholas, and they confirmed that the remains in Italy belonged to a another priest.
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