LONDON — Beginning to feel like you’ve exhausted the challenge of the Sunday crossword? Here’s a new puzzle to get your teeth stuck into: a 13th century sword with a hidden message

The sword, on loan from the British Museum, was found in River Witham, Lincolnshire in the 19th century and comes with an as of yet undecipherable inscription that the British Library are asking the public to have a go at solving

13th century River Witham sword

The 13th century, double-edged sword is possibly of German manufacture

Image: British Museum

“It has been speculated that this is a religious invocation, since the language is unknown” the British Library wrote in a blog post, which comes with a comments section full of ideas from people trying their hand at deciphering the message Read more…

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The British Library needs your help to solve this hidden message