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Research into the origins of lotteries
During the 18th century, lotteries were a common means of funding public works projects. They were also used to fund a number of academic buildings. In 1612, a lottery raised 29,000 pounds for the Virginia Company, and in 1768, George Washington sponsored a lottery to build a road across the Blue Ridge Mountains.
However, most gambling was outlawed by several states in the 1870s. Fortunately, the lottery was revived in 1964, with New Hampshire setting the example. New Jersey followed a decade later.
Lotteries are popular with voters, though not necessarily with state governments. In fact, there are only 37 states with an active lotterie. Despite this, they generate only a small percentage of budget revenue. However, lottery revenues tend to increase after the initial introduction.
Scientific research into the ossuaries of the Talpiot ossuary in Israel
Several archeologists and experts have been involved in scientific research into the ossuaries of the Talpiot ossuary in Israel. Despite the fact that these discoveries are not surprising, they provide new, credible information.
The Talpiot ossuary was discovered in 1980, by a construction crew working on an apartment complex in Talpiot, south of Jerusalem. Ten ossuaries were discovered inside a burial cave. These ossuaries were taken to Rockefeller Archaeological Museum, outside the Old City of Jerusalem.
These ossuaries, which are limestone boxes, originally contained bones. A surviving family member would scratch or etch the name on the box before re-interment. These boxes were used for cultural traditions.
The names on the ossuaries are very common for the first century. Some of the ossuaries have inscriptions, while others are plain. These inscriptions are either in Hebrew or Aramaic. The names on these ossuaries are very similar to the names on the Bible.
‘patina fingerprinting’ of shards from the Talpiot ossuary in Israel
Using patina fingerprinting of lottery shards from the Talpiot ossuary in Israel, Simcha Jacobovici has provided a match that adds weight to his claim that the tomb is associated with the Holy Family. This information is important because it increases the probability that the tomb is a burial site for the Holy Family.
Jacobovici began his research on the Talpiot tomb in 2002. He had an interest in Biblical history and was working on a Discovery television program about another bone box. He came across a Talpiot box in the IAA warehouse and was blown away by its inscriptions.
The inscriptions on the Talpiot box referred to Jesus and his siblings, Mary, James and Josef. The inscriptions also stated that they were intended for Biblical identification.