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Calling all history buffs: A French village is offering a reward to anyone who can decipher an unusual inscription on a centuries-old rock located on a nearby beach.
Officials in the town of Plougastel in the region of Brittany, which is located in northwest France, are offering about $2,250 if someone can decipher the roughly 20 lines of writing on the rock, which was first discovered a few years back, per the BBC.
The inscription includes a series of capitalized letters, two dates — 1786 and 1787 — and carvings of a boat and a sacred heart, the BBC reported, which noted local experts have hypothesized it may be written in old Breton or Basque.
"This inscription is a mystery and it is for this that we are launching the appeal," Veronique Martin, who is leading the search, said, according to Agence France-Presse.
originally posted by: BlueJacket
a reply to: IAMTAT
Or, we can really stretch the tin foil hat and suggest the ship and sacred heart may indicate the departure to the new world of the Mervovingian bloodline.
originally posted by: DISRAELI
a reply to: IAMTAT
The more I think about it, the more I think "shipwreck" is right. Not a passing ship, but local fishermen killed and families devastated by more than one accident in what could have been a very stormy winter of 1786/7.
They need to check parish burial records.
I got a Nordic vibe out of it. Basque is related to Magyar, and that doesn't seem to be percolating out of that transcription. Great mystery!
originally posted by: dragonridr
ROC AR B... DRE AR GRIO SE EVELOH AR VIRIONES BAOAVEL... R I OBBIIE: BRISBVILAR... FROIK...AL
Se means Himself, herself, itself, themselves in Latin.
And ar is often used to turn words onto Latin for example
column + -ar → columnar