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He's one of the most important figures in Christianity - the man who baptised Christ, and famously lost his head on the orders of King Herod - but could scientists have identified the bones of John the Baptist?
Six small bones, including a knuckle, were discovered during excavations on a remote island in the Black Sea, called Sveti Ivan, off the coast of Bulgaria. They were in a sarcophagus believed to be John the Baptist's.
A team from Oxford University have now confirmed the remains are from the first century AD - and belong to the one man.
The team was led by Thomas Higham and Fred caught up with hime earlier.
Scientists in Oxford have carbon dated bones said by some to belong to John the Baptist. The bones were found in a monastery in Bulgaria two years ago.
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Scientists in Oxford are investigating claims that bones found in Bulgaria belong to the religious figure St John the Baptist.