The ‘grail’ is a ceramic goblet cup of red pottery fabric, with a dark glaze. It was unearthed in the remnants of a wooden box and may have been hurriedly hidden to avoid theft during a Viking raid in the 7th-8th centuries when Irish religious settlements were a lucrative target for Norse marauders.
The archaeologist, who has not been named is quoted as saying:
“I couldn’t believe my eyes, I immediately ran inside and drank some water out of it so I’m either immortal now or have tetanus – only time will tell!”
Tiny samples from the grail have been taken for Carbon-14 testing at QwikDate, Ballydehob while the artefact itself is being analysed at a secure facility under Garda and Church protection.
Speculation about the legitimacy of the artefact is obviously rife, not least because of the timing of the find. Academic research, such as Lucas, G “The Last Crusade” (1989) speculated The Holy Grail would be made of wood, so a ceramic artefact turns the scientific community on its head and grail experts around the globe are divided.
Walter Donovan, Grail enthusiast: “It's time ask yourself what you believe”.
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