Archaeological Surprise

Funny story written by the welsh guru

Friday, 31 August 2007

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King Arthur or Stevhen Polanski?

Archaeologists from the Centre for Scientific Input (CSI) in Cardiff have unearthed a startling discovery. Working on a site rumoured to be the summer palace of King Arthur on the Breacon Beacons, they came upon a large burial chamber. Within the chamber was the skeleton of a male, nearly 6 feet tall and in good health before his demise. The interesting artifacts within the chamber was not the gold crown, silver bracelet or the long jewel encrusted sword, but what looked like a bag made of hemp, and various hand carved implements laying beside it.

It took the scientists quite a while to work out what the significance of this bag was. 'We had always assumed that the British around the time of Arthur were a little primative, but the discovery of intricate latrine and water heating systems around the summer palace caused us to change our thinking'. said Betty Griffiths, a spokesperson for CSI. 'Seeing that some of the latrines were blocked with human waste as we excavated the site, we wondered if the hand carved wooden implements might have been early plumbing implements.' Betty continued. Doing some experiments on site clearly showed they were.

Taking DNA from the skeleton and putting into the World DNA database in Brussels the team from Cardiff were astonished to find the dead person they had found was related to a family of artisans now living in the Gdansk region of Poland. Further study confirmed that the family in Poland has had a long history in the plumbing business.

The question now for the boffins at CSI is to work out how the first Polish plumber to land in Britain all those years ago, became a warrior leader of such high regard. Maybe he decided on a career change when a tribal leader was late paying him?

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