Ossuary of Caiaphas


The ornate ossuary contained the bones of a sixty year old man (Caiaphas) and his family.

On the side (as above) and the back of the ossuary is inscribed Caiaphas' name ("Yosef bar [son of] Caifa").
In a tomb located to the south of Jerusalem were discovered several ossuraies, one of which contained the bones of the former high priest Caiaphas (see Matt 26:3, 57; Luke 3:2; John 11:49; 18:13-14, 24, 28; Acts 4:6; Josephus, Ant. 23.25, 39).  It was a Jewish custom to store the bones of the deceased in ossuaries; the bones were collected about a year after burial.