Archaeologists excavating a church in Bulgaria have found a small ossuary with an inscription claiming to be the remains of St. John. Radio carbon and DNA testing have given some collaboration to the claim.
Tests show that the bone fragments all belonged to the same person, likely of Near Eastern origin, living in the 1st century CE. There are also several animal bones in the box which date to 400 years later.
An inscription on the box indicates that it is the gift of a man named Thomas. The relics may have been a gift from a wealthy patron to the church.