Director James Cameron (Alien, Titanic) has a knack for hyperbole (like his famous "I'm king of the world!" Oscar acceptance speech a few years back). But this may just take the cake: in a new documentary he is producing, he claims to have found Jesus' tomb, and that of his wife, Mary Magdalene and their son, Judah. No, it's not a mockumentary follow-up to The Da Vinci Code. According to the BBC:
Construction workers building an apartment complex in east Talpiot, Jerusalem, first uncovered 10 2,000-year-old ossuaries - or limestone coffins - in a tomb in March 1980. According to the Israel Antiquities Authority, six of those coffins were marked with the names Mary; Matthew; Jesua son of Joseph; Mary; Jofa (Joseph, Jesus' brother); and Judah son of Jesua. The documentary The Lost Tomb of Jesus, produced by Mr Cameron, claims tests on samples from two of the coffins show Jesus and Mary Magdalene were likely to have been buried in them and were a couple.
Of course, there are some archaeologists out there who have a problem with this -- after all, the tomb was found more than 20 years ago, so this isn't exactly breaking news. Israeli archaeologist Amos Kloner said "I don't accept the news that it was used by Jesus or his family," adding that the names found on the coffins were very common 2,000 years ago. Debate is sure to rage for some time, and we here at the _floss will be following the developments with the same gusto that we enjoyed Raiders of the Lost Ark. In typical fashion, the hyperbolic director who started it all said "It doesn't get any bigger than this!"