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Pontius Pilate's ring may have been discovered at the ancient biblical fortress

Experts in Israel have identified a ring that may belong to Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor who supervised Jesus Christ's…

Experts in Israel have identified a ring that may belong to Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor who supervised Jesus Christ’s trial and crucifixion.

Haaretz reports that the bronze ring was discovered 50 years ago during excavations at Herodion fortress in the Jewish desert.

Originally unveiled in a digging led by Professor Gideon Foerster of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the ring was handed over to a team of researchers currently working with Herodion, led by Roi Porat, also of the Hebrew University. Intensive cleaning and a special camera owned by Israel’s antiquity authority has revealed the secrets of the rings.

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A vintage and the Greek inscription “Pilatus” can be clearly seen on the ring, according to Haaretz.

Views and cross-section of the ring.
(Drawing: J. Rodman, Photo: C. Amit, IAA Photographic Department)

As a prefect of the Roman province of Judea, it is quite possible that the ring belonged to the infamous Pontius Pilatus. Experts also speculate that it may have been used by a member of Pilate’s court to sign documents in the prefect’s name.

A photograph of the ring clearly shows the inscription on a crater – a vessel used to water down wine.

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The latest research on the ring is published in the Israel Exploration Journal.

1900’s postcard shows Pontius Pilate, presenting Jesus Christ to a hostile crowd just before his crucifixion. (Photo of: Universal History Archive / UIG via Getty Images)

The herodium, the bible of the biblical royal hero, is on a hill-like hill that still appears today in the Jewish landscape of the Jewish desert, near the city of West Bank of Bethlehem.

Part of the impressive fortress and mausoleum was used by Roman officials who ruled ancient Jews, according to Haaretz, enabling a link to Pontius Pilate.

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The ring is just the latest fascinating biblical epoch discovery in Israel. In February, archaeologists announced the discovery of a clay seal seal that could carry the biblical prophet Isaiah’s signature.

Aerial view from the northwest of Herodion Palace Fortress. (Courtesy by G. Foerster)

At the site of an old city in the West Bank, archaeologists also seek evidence of the tabernacle that once stood in the ark of the covenant.

Some experts also believe that they have found the lost Roman city of Julias, formerly the village of Bethsaida, who was home to Jesus’ apostles Peter, Andrew and Philip.

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The discovery of an ancient skeleton in northern Italy could also shed new light on brutal Roman crucifixes. There are relatively few archaeological evidence of crucifixion, the method used to perform Jesus Christ, according to Christian tradition.

View of the area where the Pontius Pilate name was found. (Courtesy by G. Foerster)

New analysis of a heel in Gavello, near Venice, 2007, can provide new insight into the brutal execution method commonly used in the Roman Empire.

Associated Press contributed to this article. Follow James Rogers on Twitter @ jamesjrogers

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