The box bore inscriptions in ancient Greek that referred to John the Baptist and the date that Christians celebrate his birth, June 24.

John the Baptist: The relics found in a small marble sarcophagus two years ago on a Bulgarian island called Sveti Ivan, which translates as Saint John, also included a human tooth, part of a skull and three animal bones On Thursday, the team announced they have provided scientific evidence to support the extraordinary claim.

The findings are to be presented in a documentary to be aired on The National Geographic channel in Britain on Sunday.

The right hand with which the prophet allegedly baptised Jesus in the River Jordan is also claimed to be held by several entities, including a Serbian Orthodox monastery in Montenegro.

“We were surprised when the radiocarbon dating produced this very early age,” said Oxford Professor Tom Higham, who led the study.

Many sites around the world claim to hold relics of the saint, including the Grand Mosque in Damascus which says it has his head.

Countries around the Mediterranean claiming to have remains include Turkey, Greece, Italy and Egypt.St John, who is especially revered by the Eastern Orthodox Church, foretold the coming of Christ before being beheaded on the orders of King Herod, with his head served up on a plate.You are in the place where your dreams of a having a Ukrainain Wive or Russian Wife could come true!“We had suspected that the bones may have been more recent than this, perhaps from the third or fourth centuries."The result from the metacarpal hand bone is clearly consistent with someone who lived in the early first century AD," He added: "Whether that person is John the Baptist is a question that we cannot yet definitely answer and probably never will." Dr Hannes Schroeder, from the University of Copenhagen, added: “Of course, this does not prove that these were the remains of John the Baptist but nor does it refute that theory.” Bulgarian archaeologists had found a small box made of hardened volcanic ash close to the sarcophagus.Our Russians Brides Agency is a marriage agency and an Internet dating website where you can search and find Girls, looking for single men that wants real Russian Women and also from Ukraine.