Source: The Sun
December 6, 2017
SCIENTISTS think they can finally prove an ancient bone belonged to the fourth-century saint who inspired Father Christmas.
Oxford University researchers carbon-dated the relic – said to belong to St Nicholas – and found it dates to the right period.
While the boffins cannot conclusively prove the bone is from the venerated Turkish [this is a rather absurd journalistic error--St. Nicholas was a Byzantine saint, and there was no such country as Turkey in his lifetime.—O.C.] saint, they have managed to pinpoint its age to the fourth century AD.
Professor Tom Higham, director of the Oxford Relics Cluster at Keble College’s Advanced Studies Centre said: “Many relics that we study turn out to date to a period somewhat later than the historic attestation would suggest.
“This bone fragment, in contrast, suggests that we could possibly be looking at remains from St Nicholas himself.”
The bone that was analysed is owned by Father Dennis O’Neill of the St Martha of Bethany Church in Illinois.
St Nicholas is believed to have been a generous, wealthy man famed for giving gifts, a trait believed to have inspired the story of Father Christmas.
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