Ancient scroll unveils deadly warning
AN EXCLUSIVE REPORT By our man in mufti, Alexander DeVille
|A scrap of parchment covered with an unknown, ancient script discovered at a University of East Anglia sponsored dig in southern Egypt, has finally been deciphered by a Greek archeologist|
A scrap of parchment covered with an unknown, ancient script discovered at a University of London sponsored dig in southern Egypt, has finally been deciphered by a Greek archeologist.
The historical discovery was made five weeks ago by Kayleigh Gussett,
from south London, who was taking a short
break away from her two children. Ms Gussett, an unmarried fifteen-year-old
trainee hairdresser, was assisting the leader of the dig, Professor
Isaac Hunt, when she discovered the baffling parchment. Kayleigh takes
up the story: "I was like—'kin hell! Look at dis babe—dat's
da geezer wot got me on da dig—"
"Ise—dat's me bloke, da prof, like, snatched it aht me 'and
an' sez, 'I'll take care of that my girl,' so I knew it must be summat
really mint, innit."
Professor Isaac Hunt told Utterpants:
“As changes accrue over time, ancient texts become unintelligible
if the knowledge of the language is lost. In some cases, the texts can
be read, but cannot be understood. We are pretty certain that this parchment
contains a message of vital importance for humanity.”
"The text of the script reads: ‘Rauchen fügt Ihnen und den Menschen in Ihrer Umgebung eheblichen Schaden Zu. Raucher sterben früher!' The accompanying footnote added: "We believe the script is printed on a packet of Silk Cut Ultra low tar cigarettes, packed in Cyprus, by British American Tobacco for export to Germany."
It is now thought that a discarded cigarette packet was buried in the
sand after a previous dig by the University of Berlin in 1992 and its
soiled condition ‘made it look very old.'
Story © Alex DeVille 2005. Picture and construction © utterpants.co.uk / 081005