A mysterious carving was discovered at the Rhode Island church where President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy were married.
Restoration workers at St. Mary's Church in Newport were reportedly dismantling an organ when they happened upon a large carving of a woman's face within decorative columns. Reverend Kris von Maluski said he believes the carving is of Mary Magdalene. The face is split between two columns and forms a line with carvings of the 12 apostles.
"She has got to be significant to be on that level," he told Fox News. "But the organ was so massive, she was lost for a very long time."
According to the church, the carving dates back to the building's construction in 1848.
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The reverend added that a mold of the face is being made to preserve it.
"She will never again be forgotten," Maluski said. "The church normally will focus on the men of the church, the founding fathers, so when we find a woman that's on the same level as 12 other men, we sure want to know who that woman was."
Though Maluski has theories about the identity, he says nobody knows for certain who is depicted in the carving.
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"The discovery is shrouded in mystery," he told WPRI. "We don’t really know the identity of the woman’s face."
"With no clues, we may never know for certain," he added. "One thing is certain, St. Mary’s will ensure that whoever the woman turns out to be, if the mystery can be solved, she will never again be forgotten."
In another story involving mysterious artwork, rock carvings that showed masked men dancing around an ostrich were discovered in Egypt. The carvings, found by an excavation team, appear to depict a hunting ritual from over 6,000 years ago.
"Style and iconography provide solid clues when dating these," scientists told the Daily Mail in discussing the discovery. "It opens up a new archaeological dimension."
One Daily Mail reader theorized about the find:
Could we not be viewing something more advanced? Looking at the original rock engraving (not the traced in version) & joining the dots together with the eye, the so called 'ostrich' could be a sacred inscription of an ibis, a representation of Thoth with a crescent shaped beak (symbolising the moon). Rather than archers hunting, the figures on each side of the ibis could be ancient Egyptian scribes with reed brushes who worshiped Thoth, considered him wise & the architect of writing.
The hieroglyph for a scribe was often depicted as an ibis. These symbols pecked into the rocks could even have been the work of student scribes from scribe school who practised until perfect on many materials.