What is the significance of these symbols ? Image Credit: Will Read / Reddit / Facebook
A magnet fisherman in England has reeled in a haul of 60 lead cubes inscribed with strange symbols.
Will Read had been magnet fishing with his two young sons in the River Sowe in south Coventry when he found what he initially thought to be random junk, but what actually turned out to be a haul of 60 small lead cube-shaped blocks inscribed with a variety of patterns and symbols.
"We were out magnet fishing as our daily activity in lockdown and we were at a relatively isolated spot," he told Coventry Live. "At first we found keys and pennies and other bits and bobs and then we looked down and saw what we thought were tiles."
"I was live-streaming to friends on Facebook and I bent down and started picking them up. I also thought they might be rocks. I showed them to the camera and as I looked back more and more kept appearing."
The cubes were tiny - small enough to hold between the finger and thumb - and weighed 125g each.
The symbols on them appeared to be some form of Sanskrit.
Curious to know more, Read posted photographs of his discovery up on social media.
"There were all sorts of stories flying around at first, the cubes really captured people's imaginations," he said. "What I learned is that they are Indian in origin and they show incantations for prayers which take effect when they are thrown in running water."
Exactly how old the cubes are, however, continues to remain a mystery.