LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Some are sop bold as to say that the robotic exploration of a first century Jerusalem tomb as a technological tour de force resulting in an archaeological faux pas.

"In my assessment, there's zero percent chance that their theory is correct," Executive Director Andrew Vaughn of the American Schools of Oriental Research says.

In addition, Christopher Rollston, an expert in Semitic epigraphy at Emmanuel Christian Seminary in Tennessee, says that although the underground chamber is "a nice tomb ... it's hard to press it into service as an impressive find."

Archaeologists were already familiar with the project months before it came into the spotlight. Most were under non-disclosure agreements to prevent comments until the press announcement at Discovery Times Square in New York.

The project has inspired a book by scriptural scholar James Tabor and filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici entitled "The Jesus Discovery," along with a documentary about the find due to air on the Discovery Channel this spring.

Criticism from outside experts have hit with full force on the Internet.

"Nothing in the book 'revolutionizes our understanding of Jesus or early Christianity,' as the authors and publisher claim, and we may regard this book as yet another in a long list of presentations that misuse not only the Bible but also archaeology," Duke University biblical scholar Eric Meyers declared.

Jodi Magness, a religious-studies professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said "it pains me to see archaeology hijacked in the service of non-scientific interests, whether they are religious, financial, or other."

According to Magness, Tabor, Jacobovici and their colleagues set out to dig up evidence to support their earlier claims about a different tomb nearby, the so-called "Jesus Family Tomb" to inspire newfound media attention.

"Professional archaeologists do not search for objects or treasures such as Noah's Ark, the Ark of the Covenant, or the Holy Grail," she wrote. "Usually these sorts of expeditions are led by amateurs (non-specialists) or academics who are not archaeologists. Archaeology is a scientific process."

The fresh controversy reiterates what has already been discussed since 2007. Just because bone boxes are marked with the name "Jesus" and the names of his brothers and sisters, as mentioned in the Bible, doesn't necessarily mean these are the actual biblical figures.

Tabor and Jacobovici produced a statistical analysis looking at the frequency of names in ancient Jerusalem, and claimed that the close fit to the names on Jesus' family tree couldn't be just a coincidence. Last month, Tabor said further research has strengthened the case he and Jacobovici laid out in 2007.

Critics insist that a statistical argument could never win the day. "Dramatic claims require dramatic evidence. ... The claims of Tabor and Jacobovici for this tomb are no more convincing now than they were then," Rollston wrote.