An archaeologist working at the University of Chester has discovered startling new evidence about the dawn of civilization, opening a new chapter in the search for the origins of the human species and the nature of who we are.

Professor Howard Williams, expert in the discovery of forgotten articles and mysterious lost books, says:

As part of a collaborative research project, I was undertaking a detailed programme of what scholars call ‘reading’ archaeology. I have a special technique in this regard. It involves hours of sitting in a library or at a desk, scouring hard copy monographs of early Anglo-Saxon (c. AD 450-570) cemeteries. Call it instinct, or the scrupulous checking of the in-text citations, but one day last week, in an obscure tome, I found the missing link!

An internationally recognised expert in hyperbole, Professor Williams has worked the rich seams of early Anglo-Saxon cemetery reports for decades, but his new discovery was beyond his wildest dreams:

It was astonishing. There it was, staring me in the face. A citation! The arcane glyphs, once translated, led me on an unforgettable quest to a report containing details of a 6th-century cemetery within a later castle.

Finally, at the back of the book was a long-lost ‘Bibliography’ containing a list of hitherto unknown treasures. Searching the list, Professor Williams miraculously encountered a match to the citation he was looking for:

It was a true ‘Eureka’ moment. The hard-to-read script spoke of a 2000 publication by C. P. Young, a text that has long evaded me and all other scholars, but I then read the key words ‘Wessex Archaeology Monograph 18’

The search took him far and wide:

When I realised my University library didn’t have a copy, I lost all hope. Requesting an inter-library loan was simply out of the question, involving way too much paperwork and patience. It was even listed as ‘sold out’ on the Wessex Archaeology online book store, and weren’t selling any.

Such disappointments are rife in the detailed, painstaking sifting of pages and paper. Professor Williams explained that many leads of this nature simply go nowhere: research dead-ends and cul-de-sacs that tarnish the progression of knowledge.carisbrooke-castleBut even his years of experience hadn’t prepared Prof. Williams for what happened next:

After minutes of ceaseless searching, by chance, I found it on a website called ‘Abebooks‘. It’s now on its way.

This research is still in progress, Professor Williams explains, but when the book arrives, it might blow the lid on the very foundations of the modern world, and change the way we look at ourselves forever.