Somewhere in the open plains of Powys, Wales, there is an ancient megalith with strange inscriptions. I chose this standing stone for my graduation project, for further investigation. My name is Nigel Dawson, and for the last eight years I have studied archaeology, cultural and historical antropology, and dead languages at Cambridge University. I am about to finish my third study, dead languages, and I have been extremely fascinated by this stone for the last few years. It took me quite some effort, but eventually – via my mentor – I managed to convince the university to grant me some funding for the project. Since the faculty has little financial reserves, I was to tap into other means of funding, someone who would be able to grant me a trust fund so that I had more possibilities for the investigation. Through the university, I came into contact with Steve Madison, a business man who made his fortune through the internet and with a keen interest in everything ancient, including dead languages. In the recent past, he had donated large sums of money to the faculty, and when he heard about my graduation project he was quite interested. However, since he would be the financier of my project, he gained control over the whole operation concerning the object. He believed that it might contain an ancient Celtic wisdom. Fairly nothing was known about this old civilization, but these Celts did leave some writings – in Ogham – on some logs and stones. The druids seemed to be some sort of spiritual leaders and, according to legend, wanted their teachings to remain unwritten. One could only guess about the reason why. But it was said that they trained themselves in this manner to learn everything by heart.
Anyway, even I could be wrong about my theory, and for that I needed to engage the adventure with an open mind. Mister Madison had ordered to set up an encampment, at a short distance from the script stone, as I would call the object. Thanks to the unlimited financial resources I had access to the most advanced and ultramodern equipment. Of course, my first action was to date the stone through the proper method , but it was easier said than done. I used the C14-method, but it turned out to yield inconclusive result. The stone did not seem to fit into any known era, so we had to find other means to find out its exact date. Mr. Madison had surrounded me with a team of experts from several fields, from internet specialists to security and even a psychic. I was not at all charmed by the idea of having a psychic around, but since it was not my money it was mr. Madison who called the shots. Thanks to his computer specialists, I found out that the stone was even older than the Celtic era. It could not have been produced by the Picts, because they haved lived up north. The Saxons had never conquered Wales, and as far as I knew no other civilization had succeeded in that enterprise.
The Romans called this region of the peninsula Cambria, and by lack of a better description I called the civilization that had made this stone Cambrians. By this, I do not wish to create any confusion with the geological era Cambrium, which has been dated at roughly five hundred million years ago. As I said, the stone had been constructed long before the Celts had lived here, and I dated it in the Cambrian era. By this I meant an era before the Romans had arrived in the area, about ten thousand years ago. I had a lot more study to do about this civilization, but the stone in itself was evidence that at least they had some sort of writing. In fact it was amazing that any civilization had lived here in that era, since the Celts had appeared to have lived here as of 2000 b.C. A few years ago someone else had found remains of tombs, which dated back to – roughly – 2500 b.C., but it was assumed that they were Celtic tombs. I dared to assert that those graves were actually Cambrian in origin.
The Cambrian era was still quite shrouded in mystery. Not only was the stone yet unexamined, but no one had ever found any proof of the existence of this civilization, let alone had written about it. Even more, the only proof so far that the Cambrians had existed was this stone with the strange inscriptions. It certainly could not have been Celtic in origin because of the dating. There were, however, some similarities with the granite Pict stone that had been found some time ago. For some reason it also reminded me of the immense chalk lines in the Nazca Valley, the Uffington White Horse or the Cerne Abbas Giant in Dorset, and even the Valley of the Kings in Egypt. All these structures had at least one big resemblance: the mystery that surrounded them. But the chalk lines in the Nazca Valley had more in common with this monolith. When those lines were viewed from the air, some shapes became visible that looked like animals. The same applied to this stone. When I took a closer look at the stone, I discovered some animal shpes on its surface. But that was not all. I also found similarities with the Pict stone, especially the way it was decorated. These decorations were more than just simple drawings. On closer examination it turned out to be a lost script, both with the Pict stone and this Cambrian stone. Because the Picts had never been to Wales, these Cambrians had to be considered their neighbours. Despite the resemblances with Nazca, I therefore decided to concentrate on the connection with the Pict stone. The shape of this stone reminded me of the megaliths in the Stonehenge stone circle. From Amesbury and Avebury one cold draw an imaginary straight line to the location of this stone. Stonehenge had always been considered pre-Celtic. I would have the computer nerds search for the relation with the two constructions as well.
So far I was only able to translate bits and pieces of the inscriptions. Those pieces spoke of a long road or path, a traveler, another or a new world, a reader and a trial or test. I could not make head or tails of it, but I needed to find a way to better understand the writings, and the nerds had not yet been able to find new information that I could use for the investigation. Mr. Madison was convinced that everything somehow interconnected, that even the Nazca lines were part of an immense puzzle. But I had my doubts. How could a mystery, thousands of kilometres away, be somehow connected with this stone? The answer had to be found anywhere here in Britain. There were just too many similarities with the Pict stone and Stonehenge. But the [sychic told me she had felt a powerful energy being emitted by the stone, and she had felt the same energy both in Nazca and from the pyramids of Gizah. Well, that was just great! According to her, even Gizah was connected to this stone! Being a man of science, I did not feel inclined to believe such stories about energy, but mr. Madison made it clear that Natalie, the psychic, had an ompecable record, and she could even prove her theories. I therefore had to take into consideration that this would reach far beyond the British peninsula. And so, the nerds would have to take these structures into their research as well.