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Ancient ring found allegedly belongs to Pontius Pilate

An ancient ring found in Bethlehem belonged to the man who crucified Jesus, scientists believe.

The bronze ring was discovered 50 years ago during a dig at Herodion near the West Bank’s Bethlehem by Professor Gideon Forster from the Hebrew University.

It had an inscription on it which included a picture of a wine vessel surrounded by Greek writing but it was unclear who it had belonged to.

Five decades after its discovery, the identity of the owner appears to have been established: the Roman governor of Jerusalem, Pontius Pilate – the man who ordered that Jesus be crucified and then ran the subsequent trial.

The name was deciphered after a thorough cleansing, when it was photographed with the use of a special camera at the Israel Antiquities Authority labs, according to Haaretz.

It is thought the item is a “stamping ring”, which would have been used to symbolize the status of the cavalry in Roman times.

As the governor, Pilate, who was also known as Pilatus, would have worn a ring of this nature.

source: Independent