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The latest Grail news…

The latest Grail news is that an archaeologist wants to search for the Holy Grail in the Basilica of San Lorenzo Fuori le Mura in Rome.

This Grail search is considerably less crackpotty than most, because it’s actually based on some real history. St. Lawrence was, according to one source, the last known custodian of the Cup of the Last Supper. And he’s buried here, so we deduce by natural inference that he took it with him.

The Vatican is considering allowing the investigation, which sounds like a good idea to me. You can’t go looking in a Roman church from the 500s without finding something interesting.

Whether this is real archaeology or sensation-mongering remains to be seen. Certainly real archaeology has to do a bit of sensation-mongering to get itself funded, but a real archaeologist knows how to do it without going off the deep end. Announcing as fact that we have found the Holy Grail–that is, the cup Jesus used at the Last Supper–would be going off the deep end. Announcing that we have found a likely candidate would be within the realm of real archaeology. But there are several other good candidates, and they all have good stories to go with them.

Whatever happens, it will be fun to watch.

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