"The nail, which sticks out a few centimeters on each side of the heel bone, was initially noticed shortly after the discovery , but media reports say the association with crucifixion was not determined until recently." - BPNews
"Of course, the greater object of derision is the 'God' on the cross, pictured with the head of an ass. This blasphemous touch shows the contempt that the Son of God received when He suffered this kind of death." - Veith
Although crucifixion was a common form of capital punishment for criminals and slaves in ancient Roman times, the new finding is only the second time that direct archaeological evidence of it has been found.