Archaeologist’s Corner: “The Holy Grail”

By Christie Celili (Class A)

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 What History Says:

In the Holy Bible there is no reference to the Holy Grail (graal). It appears for the first time in writings of the Middle Age, which refer to the myth of King Arthur and the knights of the Round Table. According to other stories, Joseph from Arimathea used it to collect the blood of Jesus at the time He was on the cross. Another theory claims that the Holy Grail is the one that Jesus used during the “Last Supper”.

The word “graal” means “vessel” in ancient French. Firstly, it was named as “san grail” (= holy vessel / grail). Later, it was renamed as “sang real” (= king’s blood). Nowadays, a new theory has come up by Dan Brown in his book “The DaVinci Code”. Brown believes that the Holy Grail is not an object, but the posterities of Jesus with Mary-Magdalene.

Places of Search:  

            Archaeologists have searched for the Holy Grail in the Glastonbury castle in England. Researches have also been expanded in Constantinople (Istanbul), Genova, Balenthia and the USA.

 Possibilities of Finding it:

            Less than 20%.

There are not a lot of possibilities of finding the actual Holy Grail.


(Source: Wikipedia: Science Illustrated, Issue 65, p. 18)