Staff of Moses may have been found in LondonApril 2nd, 2009 - 2:07 pm ICT by ANI
London, April 2 (ANI): A group of builders, digging at a site in London, have unearthed what they believe is the fabled Staff of Moses.
According to a report in The Sun, the piece of wood was found by digger Charlie Kingston and his team as he dug a 20ft-deep trench on a site in east London.
At first, the workmen thought the historic artefact, which dates back to hundreds of years before Christ, was just an old tatty piece of wood.
But, after initial tests by archaeologists and biblical scholars, the iconic find is being hailed as one of monumental importance.
The Staff was at Moses’ side throughout key milestones in the Bible story of Exodus.
It was used to part the Red Sea, invoke a plague on the Egyptian Pharaoh, produce water from a rock and could even transform itself into a snake.
The exact location of the Staff has been kept secret to stop ‘treasure-hunters’ and onlookers flocking to the area.
“I was tipping out some earth when one of my mates Archie Tan shouted to stop, and pointed at the bucket,” Kingston said.
“When we scraped off the mud, we thought it might just be a beaten-up walking stick. “We’re amazed at what they are saying it could turn out to be,” he added.
The builders and their bosses could now be in for a huge windfall, with experts confident other relic could also be hiding beneath the soil.
However, a comprehensive archaeological dig could take months, if not years, to complete so it may be some time before they see any financial reward.
According to historian Dr Henry Jones, the Staff might well run into millions of pounds if it is sold at an auction.
“If this is the Staff of Moses, it is of unimaginable importance,” he said. (ANI)
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