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Saturday, 17 October 2015

SATURDAY DIGEST: World's greatest Unsolved Mysteries (Day 15)

Yipeeee it's another beautiful Saturday and it's time for our weekly SATURDAY DIGEST on DTB.
Beautiful readers today the 'Shugborough inscription' also known as the Shepherd's Monument inscription joins our long-list of World's greatest unsolved mysteries.

The Shugborough Inscription is a sequence of letters - O U O S V A V V, between the letters D M - carved on the 18th-century Shepherd's Monument in the grounds of Shugborough Hall in Staffordshire, England, below a mirror image of Nicolas Poussin's painting, the Shepherds of Arcadia. It has never been satisfactorily explained, and has been called one of the world's top uncracked ciphertexts.
The inscription became widely known after being mentioned in the 1982 book The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, and Henry Lincoln.

Some two hundred and fifty something years after the construction of the monument that was built between 1748 and 1763 by Admiral George Anson the letter inscription has not been decoded, Though fashioned by the Flemish sculptor Peter Scheemakers. The relief copy of the Poussin painting is contained within a rustic arch, and shows a woman and three shepherds, two of whom are pointing to a tomb. On the tomb is carved the Latin text Et in arcadia ego ("I am also in Arcadia" or "I am, even in Arcadia"). The carving displays a number of small alterations from the original painting, and an extra sarcophagus has been placed on top of the main tomb. Above the Poussin scene are two stone heads, one showing a smiling bald-headed man, the other bearing a likeness to the goat-horned Greek god Pan.

Below the relief carving on the monument, an unknown craftsman carved the mysterious eight letters, contained within the letters 'D M'. On Roman tombs, the letters 'D M' commonly stood for Dis Manibus, meaning "dedicated to the shades".

Many investigators have proposed several possible solutions and theories but non seems to have yielded any positive result..So 'Shugborough inscription' joins our long-list.


  1. Wow

  2. Wow! Hmmm! Nice post

  3. I keep coming back for more mysteries. Duke you are doing a good job.



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