UPDATE: Blockhouse Investigations believes in accurate reporting and giving credit where credit is due. Since we first brought you this story we've learned that we aren't the first or only party to discover the location of this stone. We've learned that a local Historical Society has also tracked it down and is in communication with the current owner. We feel that the responsible thing to do is for us to back off in our investigation and let the society continue on with their great work and perhaps assist as required.
We'll bring you the full story once things develop
What's the story of this inscribed stone? Where was it found and when?
By Kel Hancock Blockhouse Investigations
Well, it was discovered here in Hants County, Nova Scotia, around 1900 in the little village of Ardoise. It's made of slate which, coincidentally, is what the French word "ardoise" means- slate.
It's long been speculated that this stone was possibly the earliest grave stone to be discovered in Nova Scotia, and for many years it was considered "lost".
A long-time theory has been that it's the grave marker of a Portuguese sailor who died on a hunting party to the interior in 1558.
Local historian L.S. Loomer had the following to say:
"At the south extremity of Windsor township lies the high ground ofArdoise Hill. There about 1900 was discovered apparent evidence of other visitors to the area. It is a piece of slate, 12 inches long, six inches high, and a quarter inch thick. It bears a shield with a chevron and sword, an arrow, a skull and cross-bones, and the Latin inscription: 'C. Manulis, Hic Jacet, A.M.DLVIII.' Translated it appears to be 'Here lies C. Manulis 1558.' The rest is a mystery. He may have been one of a hunting party of Portuguese fishermen who died and was buried on Ardoise Hill. The stone, in private hands,would be the oldest known inscribed gravestone in Hants County."
-"Windsor, Nova Scotia - A Journey In History," WHHS,1996, p. 25.
A few decades ago the Nova Scotia Museum deemed that the stone was a fake. But many still insist that it's not.
Is it authentic or is it a fake? Perhaps the product of some adventurous and imaginative 19th century boys at play? Or does it really mark the final resting place of a Portuguese visitor to our shores?
Blockhouse Investigations has found this stone!
We're following the evidence and we'll bring you a full report soon.
Until then, Good Day from the Blockhouse!
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