A British archaeologist and television producer, perusing a yard sale in Leicester, England, came across an item being sold as garden ornament that was unlike other objects being proffered.
Instead of a garden-variety garden ornament, the stone carving had a complex pattern that “may be some form of writing,” according to James Balme, who purchased the article.
Weighing approximately 60 pounds, the stone is about 18 inches long and 5-1/2 inches wide at its base.
The stone appears to have been used as “a keystone from an archway or indeed a vaulted ceiling,” according to Balme.
While its exact date is uncertain, Balme believes it’s from the Anglo-Saxon period, which began when the Romans abandoned Britain around 410 AD and ended with William the Conqueror’s invasion of England in 1066, according to the online publication RedOrbit.
The sandstone carving has been used as a garden ornament for several years, Balme told the Danish publication Jyllands-Posten.
In an effort to identify the use and exact date of the stone carving, Balme is turning to social media such as Twitter to try to learn more about the stone.
(Top: Stone found by James Balme on sale as a garden ornament in Leicester, England.)