Radiocarbon dating religion
, the sparse remains consist of skull and hand fragments and a tooth.
They were found buried beneath the floor of a 5th century Bulgarian monastery in a small reliquary box bearing a Greek inscription — “June 24,” which is the date on which John supposedly was born.
Obviously, neither the box nor bones can be dated using stratigraphic methods.
DNA testing will not do much good in the absence of a confirmed relative who provided a sample for comparison and matching.
I doubt that such a sample exists, and contamination would be a major issue.
Radiocarbon dating of the bone will produce results that, depending on the methods and calibration curves used, will provide an estimated date with margins of error ranging from 25-75 years.
An exact C14 date will be hard to generate and contamination will be a concern.