A opposition to decipher a 230-calendar year-outdated message on a rock on the coast of Brittany has discovered that a tragic dying was at the coronary heart of the inscription.
The village of Plougastel launched a levels of competition to decipher the mysterious message following regional professionals were not able to make feeling of it.
Two winners split the €2,000 (£1,679) prize funds on Monday.
Mayor Dominique Cap said their translations had differed but the resulting stories were “incredibly equivalent”.
Both winners agreed that the inscription was made in remembrance of a guy who died.
Noël René Toudic, an English teacher and Celtic language pro, reported he worked on the foundation that the author was a semi-literate person speaking 18th-Century Breton.
The crucial section of his translation reads: “Serge died when with no talent at rowing, his boat was tipped above by the wind.”
The other successful entry was by historian Roger Faligot and artist Alain Robet.
They also say the textual content is written in Breton, but believe that some of the terms are Welsh.
Their translation reads: “He was the incarnation of bravery and joie de vivre. Someplace on the island he was struck and he is useless.”
Found a handful of yrs back, the 20-line inscription is published on a metre-high slab in a cove in Brittany, only available at small tide.
Along with normal French letters, some are reversed or upside-down and there are also some Scandinavian-type Ø letters.
The many years 1786 and 1787 are visible, dating the inscription to a few years in advance of the French Revolution. There is also the picture of a ship and a heart surmounted by a cross.
The inscription was identified a couple of many years in the past but area teachers were not able to interpret it.
Community officers explained 61 complete translations were being submitted in the levels of competition. Most arrived from France, but entries had been also submitted from nations such as the US and Thailand.
A panel made up of historians judged the entries, obtaining that the two winning theories were being the most plausible interpretations.
Mr Cap explained there was however a long way to go to “totally solve the secret” but described the consequence of the opposition as a “huge stage forward”, in accordance to AFP news agency.