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The Fisherman's Tomb: The True Story of the Vatican's Secret Search

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A Texas oilman. A brilliant female archaeologist. An unknown world underneath the Vatican.

In 1939, a team of workers beneath the Vatican unearthed an early Christian grave. This surprising discovery launched a secret quest that would last decades — a quest to discover the long-lost burial place of the Apostle Peter.

From earliest times, Christian tradition held that Peter — a lowly fisherman from Galilee, whom Christ made leader of his Church — was executed in Rome by Emperor Nero and buried on Vatican Hill. But his tomb had been lost to history. Now, funded anonymously by a wealthy American, a small army of workers embarked on the dig of a lifetime.

The incredible, sometimes shocking, story of the 75-year search and its key players has never been fully told — until now. The quest would pit one of the 20th century’s most talented archaeologists — a woman — against top Vatican insiders. The Fisherman’s Tomb is a story of the triumph of faith and genius against all odds.

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John O'Neill
Softcover, 224 pages
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3 Reviews

  • 5
    A book on the search for St Peter’s bones (aka relics)

    Posted by Larry G on Jan 24th 2023

    Great book about a long project with a noble goal. Politics vs truth. We’ll-written, this takes you deep into intriguing aspects of the search. A fine read!

  • 5
    the Fisherman’s Tomb

    Posted by Kathy Smith on Aug 27th 2021

    Amazing and inspiring. Brings to life all of the stories we have heard about Peter and first century Christian’s. Brought tears to my eyes and enlivened my faith

  • 5
    Good, informative,interesting, well written

    Posted by David Nieberding on Jul 2nd 2020

    Same above

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