What appears to be the carved top of a sarcophagus was unearthed when builders were excavating and reinforcing a wall alongside the old ruined church in Temple, Midlothian.
But the inscriptions, which include symbols similar to those found in Viking monuments, in medieval graves and in West Highland Celtic carvings, have baffled archaeologists.
Crispin Phillips, who is renovating a house alongside The Old Parish Church, said: “I was on a mission to repair the wall – which was falling into the graveyard. We got near the bottom of the foundations and found something buried there.
“We found one stone carved with a cross and then another with these carvings on it.”
This 5-7,000 year-old decorated stone found by a couple walking along Horsens Fjord.
A young couple walking along Horsens Fjord (Denmark) in August this year made a sensational discovery a 7,000 year old stone with a carved man with an erect phallus and two fishes.
Archaeologists at Horsens museum were taken aback, and immediately passed the stone on the National Museum of Denmark to determine whether the motif was indeed from the Stone Age or simply a later work of art using an ancient style.
They now believe the stone to be from the Ertebølle Culture between 5,400 and 3,900 BCE.
Apart from its phallic representation, the man in the motif seems to have some form of head dress with animal ears – possibly in the tradition of a shaman.
Though it could be an early joke involving two fish, and a donkey … or am I letting my imagination run riot!
This is one of these unfortunate stories, that is both fascinating and elicits mirth in abundance… I feel about 4 years old! Shame on me!
A reproduction of the decoration on a stone showing a male with a headdress and a phallos surrounded by two fish.
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and was edited by Julian Isherwood