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<p>Jacques Icaram, a priest at the Church of the Annunciation, stands at an excavation site of an ancient house in the northern Israeli city of Nazareth December 21, 2009. Remains of a house from the time of Jesus have been found in Nazareth -- the first discovery of its kind in the place where he grew up, Israel's Antiquities Authority said . REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen</p>

Jacques Icaram, a priest at the Church of the Annunciation, stands at an excavation site of an ancient house in the northern Israeli city of Nazareth December 21, 2009. Remains of a house from the time of Jesus have been found in Nazareth -- the...more

Jacques Icaram, a priest at the Church of the Annunciation, stands at an excavation site of an ancient house in the northern Israeli city of Nazareth December 21, 2009. Remains of a house from the time of Jesus have been found in Nazareth -- the first discovery of its kind in the place where he grew up, Israel's Antiquities Authority said . REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen

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<p>A worker of Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) is seen at an excavation site of an ancient house in the northern Israeli city of Nazareth December 21, 2009, near the Church of the Annunciation. REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen </p>

A worker of Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) is seen at an excavation site of an ancient house in the northern Israeli city of Nazareth December 21, 2009, near the Church of the Annunciation. REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen

A worker of Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) is seen at an excavation site of an ancient house in the northern Israeli city of Nazareth December 21, 2009, near the Church of the Annunciation. REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen

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<p>Orit Shamir, Israeli Antiquities Authority curator of organic materials, displays shroud remains believed to be from the era of Jesus in a lab at the Antiquities Authority in Jerusalem December 16, 2009. According to archaeologist Shimon Gibson, the shroud pieces, unearthed in 2000 and dating back to the first century A.D., suggest that the Turin Shroud, hitherto assumed to be the one used to wrap the body of Jesus, was woven in a much later period. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun </p>

Orit Shamir, Israeli Antiquities Authority curator of organic materials, displays shroud remains believed to be from the era of Jesus in a lab at the Antiquities Authority in Jerusalem December 16, 2009. According to archaeologist Shimon Gibson, the...more

Orit Shamir, Israeli Antiquities Authority curator of organic materials, displays shroud remains believed to be from the era of Jesus in a lab at the Antiquities Authority in Jerusalem December 16, 2009. According to archaeologist Shimon Gibson, the shroud pieces, unearthed in 2000 and dating back to the first century A.D., suggest that the Turin Shroud, hitherto assumed to be the one used to wrap the body of Jesus, was woven in a much later period. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

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<p>Italian fashion designer Marella Ferrera prepares the Acroliti of Demetra and Kore as they are exhibited at the Sicilian archaeological museum of Aidone December 12, 2009. The archaeological find of the 6th century BC are part of a group of stolen statues returned to Italy from U.S. museums. REUTERS/Antonio Parrinello </p>

Italian fashion designer Marella Ferrera prepares the Acroliti of Demetra and Kore as they are exhibited at the Sicilian archaeological museum of Aidone December 12, 2009. The archaeological find of the 6th century BC are part of a group of stolen...more

Italian fashion designer Marella Ferrera prepares the Acroliti of Demetra and Kore as they are exhibited at the Sicilian archaeological museum of Aidone December 12, 2009. The archaeological find of the 6th century BC are part of a group of stolen statues returned to Italy from U.S. museums. REUTERS/Antonio Parrinello

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<p>Fossils of an ancient elephant (Stegodon Trigono Chevalus) are displayed at village chief Karyanto's house in Bojonegoro of the Indonesia's East Java province December 2, 2009. The local ancient artefacts office and a team of archaeologists from Bandung Institute of Technology estimated that the fossil, found in a nearby dam last month, is 250,000 years old. REUTERS/Sigit Pamungkas </p>

Fossils of an ancient elephant (Stegodon Trigono Chevalus) are displayed at village chief Karyanto's house in Bojonegoro of the Indonesia's East Java province December 2, 2009. The local ancient artefacts office and a team of archaeologists from...more

Fossils of an ancient elephant (Stegodon Trigono Chevalus) are displayed at village chief Karyanto's house in Bojonegoro of the Indonesia's East Java province December 2, 2009. The local ancient artefacts office and a team of archaeologists from Bandung Institute of Technology estimated that the fossil, found in a nearby dam last month, is 250,000 years old. REUTERS/Sigit Pamungkas

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<p>Village chief Karyanto displays fossils of an ancient elephant (Stegodon Trigono Chevalus) in Bojonegoro of Indonesia's East Java province December 2, 2009. REUTERS/Sigit Pamungkas </p>

Village chief Karyanto displays fossils of an ancient elephant (Stegodon Trigono Chevalus) in Bojonegoro of Indonesia's East Java province December 2, 2009. REUTERS/Sigit Pamungkas

Village chief Karyanto displays fossils of an ancient elephant (Stegodon Trigono Chevalus) in Bojonegoro of Indonesia's East Java province December 2, 2009. REUTERS/Sigit Pamungkas

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<p>A sabre toothed dinosaur is seen during a presentation at an auction room in Paris November 27, 2009. The dinosaurs are part of a collection of fossils, minerals and paleontological specimens to be auctioned in the French capital on December 1 and 2. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes </p>

A sabre toothed dinosaur is seen during a presentation at an auction room in Paris November 27, 2009. The dinosaurs are part of a collection of fossils, minerals and paleontological specimens to be auctioned in the French capital on December 1 and 2....more

A sabre toothed dinosaur is seen during a presentation at an auction room in Paris November 27, 2009. The dinosaurs are part of a collection of fossils, minerals and paleontological specimens to be auctioned in the French capital on December 1 and 2. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

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