A new scientific has just been released which, once again, proves that the James Ossuary, (the box that contained the bones of James, the brother of JESUS), indeed appears to be authentic.
Here is a summary of the Abstract, and a link to the site from which you can download the article:
An archaeometric analysis of the James Ossuary inscription “James Son of Joseph Brother of Jesus” strengthens the contention that the ossuary and its engravings are authentic. The beige patina can be observed on the surface of the ossuary, continuing gradationally into the engraved inscription. Fine long striations made by the friction of falling roof rocks continuously crosscut the letters. Many dissolution pits are superimposed on several of the letters of the inscription. In addition to calcite and quartz, the patina contains the following minerals: apatite, whewellite and weddelite (calcium oxalate). These minerals result from the biogenic activity of microorganisms that require a long period of time to form a bio-patina. Moreover, the heterogeneous existence of wind-blown microfossils (nannofossils and foraminifers) and quartz within the patina of the ossuary, including the lettering zone, reinforces the authenticity of the inscription.
Link to web site and download: http://www.scirp.org/journal/PaperInformation.aspx?PaperID=43671#.UyfOU_ldWgU