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What does a heel bone with a nail through it reveal about Crucifixion?

And what was Crucifxion really like?

The Israel Museum Jerusalem has the only physical evidence in existence of a crucifixion.   It’s a small heel bone, pierced by a nail, from the tomb of a man called Yohanan.  When Yohanan died in the 1st Century AD his body was laid in a cave to decompose, and then his bones were placed into a stone box.  They remained undisturbed for 20 centuries, until the cave was discovered by archaeologists in 1968.

Who was Yohanan and how does his heel bone reveal what crucifixion was really like?  

To find out how, tune into Museum Secrets on Thursday, March 21 at 9pm on History.