“I cleaned it off and realised it was carved. It looked like some of the things you see round here in museums so I contacted a museum and the archaeologists got very excited," said John Wyatt about a moss-covered stone slab he purchased for a garden project. (photo)
Cleaning of the stone revealed a Celtic cross on one side and "a mythical birdlike beast on the other." Experts examined the stone and believe it to be part of an early Christian monument. At auction, the stone is expected to bring around UK£10,000, much more than Wyatt's initial investment of £50 for the rocks.