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Thomas J. Craughwell’s St. Peter’s Bones tells the story of the excavation under the Vatican, with an explanation of what was found in the historical location of the relics of St. Peter. It also includes the historical accounts of the Biblical figures whose relics are being sought. Craughwell is a Catholic, so all of the information, while not presented with obvious bias, is geared towards believers.

The most interesting part of the book is the privileged, behind-the-scenes account of the scholarly infighting over the authenticity of relics believed to be St. Peter’s. The book also highlights the personal agendas that governed much of the scholarly study, particularly in the mid-20th century.

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