In July 2010, six bones, which include a molar and a piece of cranium, were found in a marble sarcophagus in the ruins of a medieval church on the island of Sveti Ivan, or Saint John, off Bulgaria's Black Sea coast near the seaside resort of Sozopol.
Archaeologists have dated the burial of the marble sarcophagus, and an inscribed box (part of which was found with it), to the 5th century, well before the manufacture of and trade in religious "relics" got underway.
University of Oxford's Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit has now carbon dated the bones to between 5 and 75 AD.
And geneticist experts from the University of Copenhagen have established the full DNA code of three of the bones. The genetic analysis shows that the bones were from the same person, a man who most probably came from the Middle East.
John the Baptist, beheaded in Jerusalem in 30 AD by Herod Antipas?
Or Honest John of Antioch who died in 30 AD and was later dug up by grave robbers?
Or is it Brian?
See yesterday's report from the Independent:
and from 16 June this one:
The programme mentioned at the end of the huliq.com article was aired on Sunday 17 June and again last night on National Geographic channel. It is entitled, somewhat sensationally and inaccurately, "Head Of John The Baptist" and will be repeated on 21 June (Thursday), 22 June, 23 June, 24 June and 25 June (twice that day!).
Let's hope it is not another total dud, like the Gospel of Judas clanger National Geographic famously dropped in 2006!