Archeologists have again made an amazing find. They discovered a letter at a 17th century dig site in Peru, and have concluded that it is written in an unknown language that hasn’t been spoken since who knows how long. They can’t really say for sure cause no one has ever seen or heard of it before. That makes for a very confusing conclusion on their find. But since it’s unknown to them, it must be at least hundreds of years old, if not thousands. Most things archeologists find are. Obviously. They are archeologists after all. What fun would it be if they found a letter that was say…two weeks old? Not very fun. And they certainly couldn’t publish their findings in the Journal American Archeologist. Once again, those wily archeologists held off telling anyone about their cool find for two years or more, just so they could surprise us all in the JAA. Of course, most people don’t have a subscription to the JAA, so we have to hear the big news on yahoo.
This letter contains a column of numbers written in Spanish and translated into an unknown language on the other side. I don’t know how many of you did this very thing when you were kids, but making up secret languages is not that hard. I used to do it all the time. If my secret notes were buried under bricks thirty-five years ago and just discovered today, I’m thinking the paper would look way more tattered than this note. Did you notice how little wear and tear there is in the photo? Really?
This letter was supposedly hiding under a pile of bricks at the site of a collapsed church that had been inhabited only by friars for the past two hundred years. The piece of paper has no holes, isn’t falling apart, and is just a little stained in the creases. That is some preservation!
I’m not saying they aren’t right, but maybe they should look into another, much simpler, explanation. Are they quite sure local school children weren’t playing hide-and-seek while the highly trained team of archeologists went for burritos at lunchtime? Cause that would be my guess. Unless they had a Pizza Hut nearby. They may have gone there.