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Archaeologists Uncover Ancient Amulet with a Flawed Palindrome

A team of archaeologists have unearthed what seems to be a 1500 year old strange amulet in the southwestern region of the islands in the city of Nea Paphos in Cyprus.

This amulet has a 59 letter palindrome inscribed on it- it reads the same backwards as it does when it is read forward.

The amulet also contains pagan drawings which depict ancient superstitions and beliefs that have been during the ancient times in the Byzantine Empire.

The inscription is in Greek, which translates to ‘Iahweh (a God) is the bearer of the secret name, the lion of Re secure in his shrine’ in English.

Ancient amulet unearthed in Cyprus has curious palindrome inscription Photo Credits: Marcin Iwan

Ancient amulet unearthed in Cyprus has curious palindrome inscription
Photo Credits: Marcin Iwan

The amulet also features different mythological figures and deities including a creature known as cynocephalus which has a head of a dog, Harpocrates- the God of silence and a mummy wrapped up in bandages.

According to Professor Joachim from the Institute of Archaeology, the creator of this amulet did not really know what he was doing- some of the letters in the palindrome inscribed on the amulet also had mistakes.

He said, “It must be stated that the depiction is fairly unskilled and schematic. It is iconographically based on Egyptian sources, but these sources were not fully understood by the creator of the amulet”.

However, despite the fact that it had some flaws, the archaeologists believe that it would provide some clues about how monotheism.

The amulet is around 1.4 inches by 1.6 inches in size.

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