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4.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary
This is a book which I could not put down. It is very readable and well illustrated, and it needs to be to enable a good understanding of the excavations beneath St Peter's. The geometry can be confusing, even with some knowlege of the basilica, but the ineptitude of the excavations make this a facinating 'detective' story. It reveals much about ancient/early Christian...
Published on 22 Feb. 2008 by G. Alexander

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3.0 out of 5 stars INTERESTING BUT DATED
The bones of St Peter is a very good account of the original story of the archaeology that took place beneath St Peters and covers the 'dig' in detail, including some of the stranger aspects of the very unscientific archaeological aberrations that took place. It also makes a plea for further scientific analysis that was not available or not as reliable at the time eg DNA...
Published on 3 Oct. 2010 by Renard


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3.0 out of 5 stars INTERESTING BUT DATED, 3 Oct. 2010
This review is from: The Bones of St. Peter. The Fascinating Account of the Search for the Apostle's Body. (Hardcover)
The bones of St Peter is a very good account of the original story of the archaeology that took place beneath St Peters and covers the 'dig' in detail, including some of the stranger aspects of the very unscientific archaeological aberrations that took place. It also makes a plea for further scientific analysis that was not available or not as reliable at the time eg DNA analysis etc. Its one disappointing failing is that it lacks any real analysis, photographic or detailed comparisons between the alleged remains of St Peters Head held in St John Laterano and those skull fragments found in the Storeroom of St Peters. Its main line being an edict that "there were no inconsistencies". For those interested in such things this is a bit incomplete and would have been easily achievable at the time. The other unsatisfactory aspects is the graffiti analysis which suffers a bit from 'if one looks hard enough, one will find' and relies on limited expert opinion. If modern criminal cases have shown anything it is that this is a slippery slope. In summary, although given the timing of the archeology means there is a real lack of modern scientific information, this is a fair and well written representation of what is known to have taken place, including the deviation from acceptable archaeological methodology. At a time when Vatican sanctioned DNA and Isotopic analysis has been carried out on the remains of St Paul (also in Rome)despite the inherent destruction of the 'relic' - it begs the question as to when the next book on the Bones of St Peter will be written. One feels, on finishing the book unsatisfied in a modern sense, with its 'proofs' and that there is more to the 'story' of the alleged relationship of St Peter and Rome still to be discovered and examined.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary, 22 Feb. 2008
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This review is from: The Bones of St. Peter. The Fascinating Account of the Search for the Apostle's Body. (Hardcover)
This is a book which I could not put down. It is very readable and well illustrated, and it needs to be to enable a good understanding of the excavations beneath St Peter's. The geometry can be confusing, even with some knowlege of the basilica, but the ineptitude of the excavations make this a facinating 'detective' story. It reveals much about ancient/early Christian Rome and the twentieth-century Vatican.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect background reading, 8 Mar. 2013
This review is from: The Bones of St. Peter. The Fascinating Account of the Search for the Apostle's Body. (Hardcover)
This book is an ideal read if you are considering a visit to The Vatican Scavi. An accessible read and very informative. Has added to my conviction that the papal altar at St Peter's is built over the burial site of the man who walked on the shores of Gallillee with Jesus.
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