Relic thought to be from Jesus' manger arrives in Bethlehem

Jul 2013
On a happy trail
I once read that animal mangers in that area were generally carved out of stone rather than made from the precious wood from the area. Also animals tend to eventually eat their wooden mangers. Especially sheep and goats.

The wood should be able to be carbon dated but that means destroying some of it. And of course carbon dating is only an approximate dating method.
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Sep 2012
So we are supposed to believe that Mary had Jesus and saved his crib and then someone took the crib and saved it for 2000 years along with a certificate of we have similar wooden objects from famous people of the day whose legacies were more thoroughly preserved? For instance, do we have Augustus's wooden relics? Perhaps a wooden throne from Cleopatra?