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Translation of mystery stone slab yields surprising discovery

By T.K. Randall
May 25, 2024 · Comment icon 18 comments
Mystery inscription.
What does this inscription say and who wrote it ? Image Credit: Twitter / @adams_john
Efforts to determine what was inscribed upon the stone, which was found in a man's patio, had proven challenging.
Back on May 15th, we reported on the discovery of a mysterious stone tablet bearing an indecipherable inscription that was found when John Adams of Shropshire, England lifted up one of the patio stones in his yard.

You can find the original article - here.

His house had once been a pub and is situated on what used to be a well-frequented traveling route, so it seemed quite possible that the stone had been part of a landmark of some kind.

"[The house] was an inn previously," he told BBC News at the time. "It was also a pub. Maybe it was [written by] somebody who happened to be passing through or staying here."

After asking for a second opinion online, John learned that the writing was most likely to be in Hebrew and now, with the help of university academics, it has finally been possible to translate it.

Well, sort of...
According to Prof Lily Kahn - who is head of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at University College London - the writing is definitely Hebrew but the actual inscription itself appears to be gibberish.

"When you look at it more closely you see that it doesn't actually make any sense," she said.

"And not only does it not make any sense in Hebrew, it also doesn't make any sense in Yiddish or Aramaic or other languages that Jews wrote in a form of the Hebrew script."

The most likely explanation, Kahn argues, is that the person who wrote it was drunk.

"I'm kind of relieved it wasn't a gravestone, because that would have been a bit spooky to find in your patio," said John.

"The drunken monk I'd very happily go with that and that's a lovely story, especially in a pub."

Source: BBC News | Comments (18)

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Comment icon #9 Posted by ouija ouija 18 days ago
Comment icon #10 Posted by Abramelin 18 days ago
No, I just recognized 
Comment icon #11 Posted by Sovreign citizen 18 days ago
I doubt someone got drunk and wrote gibberish, probably a code.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Nosey.Matters 18 days ago
And it requires two pints to cipher / OR cypher like how to spell a word three ways like cyPfer like Michele Pfeifer, now I'm just making bleep up. o_O : D     Unlike Abram : :  Now I didn't know that. """""" Gematria (/ɡəˈmeɪtriə/; Hebrew: גמטריא or gimatria גימטריה, plural גמטראות or גימטריות, gimatriot)[1] is the practice of assigning a numerical value to a name, word or phrase by reading it as a number, or sometimes by using an alphanumerical cipher. The letters of the alphabets involved have standard numerical values, but a word can yield several values... [More]
Comment icon #13 Posted by joseraul 18 days ago
Code, code, code!   Where's Indy when you need him
Comment icon #14 Posted by Cho Jinn 18 days ago
I have a bad feeling about this…
Comment icon #15 Posted by Abramelin 17 days ago
Update: "scrawlings of a drunk monk"
Comment icon #16 Posted by joseraul 17 days ago
Comment icon #17 Posted by Cho Jinn 16 days ago
Han Solo quote.  Nevermind.
Comment icon #18 Posted by joseraul 16 days ago
MY BAD!! I gotta get back into flicks

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