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Site of Jesus' trial by Pontius Pilate may have been unearthed in Jerusalem

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Archaeologists affiliated with the Tower of David Museum in Jerusalem say they may have uncovered the site where Jesus of Nazareth was tried and sentenced to death by Roman prefect Pontius Pilate nearly 2,000 years ago.

Located next to the museum under an abandoned Turkish prison, the site is believed to have been part of the palace of King Herod the Great, who ruled Judea under the Roman Empire, the Washington Post reports.

The excavation began 15 years ago, but it was delayed by war and lack of funds. Now the museum is displaying to the public the site where the trial may have taken place.

“There is, of course, no inscription stating it happened here, but everything—archaeological, historical and gospel accounts—all falls into place and makes sense,” archaeologist Shimon Gibson told the newspaper. He is an adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

A Web page maintained by law professor Douglas Linder of the University of Missouri-Kansas City provides details about what is known about the trial.

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