A mystery surrounding a heretofore indecipherable message inscribed into a rock in a French village centuries ago has reportedly been solved. Located in the community of Plougastel-Daoulas, the puzzling stone sports twenty lines of seemingly random letters along with the dates 1786 and 1787 as well as a picture of a boat. Since its discovery a few years ago, countless experts have attempted to decode the writing, but the challenge proved to be impossible until this past year when officials in the village came up with a rather novel idea.
In May of 2019, the mayor of Plougastel-Daoulas announced that they were launching a contest in which the first person to decipher the mysterious writing would receive a reward of around $2,250. This served to both generate media interest surrounding the stone and, of course, inspire would-be cryptographers to try and crack the case. This past November, when the contest reached its deadline, a panel of historians enlisted by the village had received a rather sizeable 61 entries from individuals who believed that they had accomplished the daunting linguistic feat.
Find out how the contest wound up concluding with two winners at the Coast to Coast AM website.