The rock are passionate about a common and well beyond. Not far from the tip of the Raven, on the peninsula of Plougastel-Daoulas in the Finistère, the stone reveals an enigmatic inscription of twenty lines, probably dating from the Eighteenth century. To remove the mystery of its meaning, after four years of fruitless searches, orchestrated by Michel Paugam and Stéphane Michel, two city councillors are passionate about history, the municipality has launched a national call with a premium of 2000 euros.

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On the imposing rock cliff-you can read the inscription sybilline ROCK AR B… DR. AR GRIO IS EVELOH AR VIRIONES BAOAVEL… R I or OBBIIE: BRISBVILAR… FROIK…AL, in the vicinity of a heart surmounted by a cross vendee. “This inscription is a mystery and it is for that reason that we make this appeal,” explained to the AFP Véronique Martin, chargée de mission to the small village to the origin of the operation “The mystery Champollion”, the name of the scientist regarded as the father of egyptology, who has deciphered the first hieroglyphics of the Rosetta stone.

encrypted Message?

The appeal, launched at the address of linguists, historians, academics, students, or even enthusiasts, will end on 30 November. A jury will then meet to select the proposal that is the most plausible and assign the bonus. The contest rules are available from the town hall.

at the present time about 1,300 people volunteered: “We have requests that come mostly from France, but also of the japanese television who is interested in the subject, and of the United States, said Dominic Cape, mayor of the commune, the Telegram . It has everything, the weirdos, the people with the ideas a little innovative. We even have the school of cryptology who thinks that these lines could be an encrypted message.”

To be able to reach the rock, only at low tide, it is necessary to first take a small path in the hamlet of Illien-ar Gwenn, one of the 182 the common, then go up the strike to the anse du Caro. It is then between the tip jutting out into the sea and the cliff. It is fully carved on one of its sides, in capital letters, in a great majority, but also of drawings, a sailboat with its mast and rudder. Include two dates, 1786 and 1787.

“These dates roughly correspond to the years of construction of the various batteries that protected the harbor of Brest, and in particular the fort of the Raven, which is located in the immediate vicinity,” says Véronique Martin. Anyway, this puzzle develops in some a vivid imagination who see behind these few words, may be the revelation of”a treasury of Plougastel”, not necessarily “pecuniary but a secret hideout or something, which tells of the lives of these people, who have carved on this rock” is interviewed on TF1, a romance of Plougastel-Daoulas.