February 6, 2013

American English Graffiti

Filed under: Historic — acagle @ 8:07 pm

Curses, musical scores and a fisherman swallowed by a whale: Archaeologists’ fascinating quest to decipher medieval graffiti scrawled on cathedral walls

The daily lives of medieval townsfolk have been brought to light by an extraordinary haul of graffiti found in Norwich Cathedral.

Messages have been scratched into the walls of the historic buildings over hundreds of years, but few people have ever stopped to work out what they say.

Archaeologists have now started a major project to decipher the extraordinary messages, and have found a mixture of musical pieces, pious exhortations and even supernatural curses.

That’s really neat. They show a pretty good selection of them as well. Graffiti is just fascinating.

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