Recently, Simcha Jacobovici claimed to have found a tomb of Jesus’ disciples. One of the main foundations for his claim was an engraving in the tomb which he claimed represented a fish with the head of Jonah sticking out of its mouth. The image of a fish was used in early Christian iconography. However, there have been no examples discovered of its use in the first century AD, when Jesus’ disciples would have died. Since Jacobovici’s announcement, anybody with any real expertise in the matter has decided that he is – once again – spouting nonsense.
But the question remains: if it’s not a fish, what is it?
As it happens, I have a couple of alternative theories on the matter – each of which is substantially more likely than Jacobovici’s PAP (Pseudo-Archaeological Pareidolia).
Theory no. 1: It’s a Zeppelin. If I simply rotate the image, you can see it for yourself: