Santa Claus Is Real, And These Archaeologists Think They’ve Found His Tomb

By Ryan Unger
Boredom Therapy Staff

Just about every child learns about Santa Claus at a young age. And though it's fun to pretend that a jolly old man with a big white beard surprises them with gifts under the tree every Christmas morning, there comes a day when they learn, sooner or later, that he's not real. (Spoiler alert!)

...Or is he? Archaeologists in Turkey have recently uncovered what they believe to be the remains of the real-life St. Nicholas, and the discovery could rewrite history forever.

Take a look at their evidence and see for yourself. That jolly old man might be more real than anyone previously believed...

The story of Santa Claus is one that excites children all over the world. They all look forward to Christmas morning to see what presents the big man in the red suit left for them under the tree. But this story is all just a myth, right?
Think again! Recently, archaeologists in Turkey uncovered the untouched remains of what they believe could be Old Saint Nick himself. The discovery was made, appropriately, beneath the St. Nicholas Church in Demre, Turkey, after the team performed digital surveys of the grounds.
In recent years, the church, which is located near St. Nicholas's birthplace, has been restored and draws a heavy flow of tourists. The structure is built on the ruins of Myra, which is said to be where "Santa Claus" lived long ago. But, were the remains actually his?
Expert archaeologists recently combed through historical records and found evidence supporting the fact that the original story of what happened to St. Nicholas's remains could be riddled with inaccuracies...
According to some accounts, Italian merchants stole St. Nicholas's bones from their tomb in Demre and smuggled them into the city of Bari, Italy, during the Crusades to make a profit. But the thieves may have taken the bones from the wrong tomb!
Researchers are now claiming the bones stolen by the merchants may have actually belonged to a local priest and not the saint. This fact would rewrite many of the events in history if they were true.