The more I read of this story, about a new effort to find the Holy Grail, the more difficult it was to take it seriously:
Posted by Ideofact at November 26, 2004 12:58 AM
For 250 years the code, found on the Shepherds' Monument at Shugborough Hall, has mystified visitors, including Charles Darwin.
The monument includes a marble relief of Nicholas Poussin's 17th century painting Les Bergers d'Arcadie II, though the image is reversed. In the picture a woman is pointing at the inscription "Et in Arcadia Ego!"
Beneath it on the monument, commissioned by a member of the Anson family in the mid 18th century, are the letters: "O.U.O.S.V.A.V.V" flanked on one side by a D and on the other an M.
Where does the Holy Grail fit in? For a start, the Anson family reputedly had connections with the Prieure de Sion, a secret society which had its origins in the Knights Templar, the legendary keepers of the grail.
The choice of the Poussin picture could also be significant - he was said to be a member of the Prieure de Sion - while the fact that the image was reversed may also be important because members of the society were keen on inventing codes which involved mirror writing.