An ossuary with an inscription of the Hebrew letters forming the word "Yeshua", or Jesus, is stored in Israel's antiquities authority storeroom, in Beit Shemesh, Israel, Sunday, March 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
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In a cavernous warehouse where Israel stores its archaeological treasures, an ancient burial box is inscribed with the name of Jesus.Archaeologists in Israel say Jesus was a common name in the Holy Land 2,000 years ago, and that they have found about 30 ancient burial boxes inscribed with it.Ahead of Easter, Israel's antiquities authority opened up its vast storeroom to reporters Sunday for a peek at unearthed artifacts from the time of Jesus. Experts say they have yet to find direct archaeological evidence of Jesus Christ, but in recent years have found a wealth of material that helps fill out historians' understanding of how Jesus may have lived and died.A third of all the antiquities found attest to the ancient Christian presence in the Holy Land, Avni said.In a brightly lit, 5,000-square meter warehouse crammed with stacks of ancient jugs and pottery shards – what the Antiquities Authority calls its "Ali Baba cave" of ancient treasures – officials set up a simple white table with finds from the time of Jesus.Avni said there is no reason to believe Jesus did not exist just because archaeologists haven't found physical evidence of him.
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