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Jul 29th 2011 1:53AM Sean McLachlan doesn't question the archaeologists' techniques or credibility, and instead blames the reporters. But Francesco D'Andria is quoted as saying 'We discovered the grave of St. Philip', and unless the reporting is so bad that the quotation is made up, the issue does go to the archaeologists' credibility.
The 27 July World Bulletin report quotes D'Andria as saying that 'the structure of the tomb and the writings on it proved that it belonged to St. Philip the Apostle'. As far as I can see in the accompanying picture, there is nothing about the structure which could only belong to the tomb of St. Philip. As for the writings, no detail is given about what is inscribed.
This looks to me like a case of an archaeologist co-opting the press to gain sensational coverage of an find which he himself does not understand, and which is probably not what he hopes and says that it is.