Mystery Hunting: You Found What Where??? 🔎
This mystery was hidden in my hometown and I never knew!
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THE MYSTERY IN MY BACKYARD.
Let’s face it, we all think where we grew up was boring and could not wait to escape. It’s only later, we learn about unusual mysteries in our hometown that make us go, “Wait. That happened there?”
This is the story of the Newberry Tablet.
In 1896, a farmer in Newberry hired some lumberjacks to clear out some trees. While working, they stumbled upon a clay tablet and two figurines. No one knew what they were so photos were sent to the Smithsonian and the University Of Michigan. Experts at the time didn’t recognize the writing and said it was a hoax.
But the story doesn’t end there.
Modern experts now believe the text is similar to Minoan writing. The Minoans lived from around 3000 BC to 1100 BC on the Greek island of Crete. Which begs the question, what was this tablet doing in the middle of nowhere in Upper Michigan?!
Currently, the tablet is on display at Fort De Buade Museum in downtown St. Ignace. Not much remains of the tablet, which lends to the theory that it’s a hoax. How did the tablet last for thousands of years only to deteriorate so quickly? But if the tablet is a fake, how likely is it that a farmer and some lumberjacks would know about the Minoans and be able to copy their text? It’s one of those mysteries where the answers aren’t quite clear-cut.
WHAT MYSTERIES DOES YOUR HOMETOWN HOLD?
I hope you enjoyed learning about the mystery of the Newberry Tablet. I had no idea this enigma was right under my feet while I was growing up. Are there any mysteries where you live? Let’s chat about it in the comments below.
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