Thursday, May 31, 2012

Article: The Westford Knight

Today was a day off from work.
I cried over Mike a little bit, but that's just normal for me now.
Other than that, nothing happened.
So here's an article for you.

To the citizens of Westford, MA, the Westford Knight isn’t that big a deal. It’s a stone in the center of town that we drive past every day. You’d have to get out of the car to see the knight, and let’s be honest, we don’t always have time.
But to the rest of the world, the Westford Knight is kind of important (if they’ve heard of it, that is). It’s part of history.
What exactly is the Westford Knight? It’s a glacial boulder with a carving of a medieval knight. It’s not exactly a clear carving, as it’s worn away with age, but historians claim that it represents a Knight Templar. This leads to claims that it is proof of European explorers in America years before Columbus—specifically, Henry Sinclair, a Scottish earl who some believe traveled to America almost a century before Columbus’s famous voyage. He was said to have traveled with Sir James Gunn, a Knight Templar.
There are some holes in this theory, most notably that Westford isn’t remotely close to the coast, and that the Knights Templar did not officially exist at the time of Sinclair’s voyage.
On the other hand, many people believe this is a hoax. There is evidence that most of the carving is a natural feature of the boulder, with the rest being added in the late 19th century. To support this theory—well, does this look like much of a knight to you?
In any case, it’s the small town’s claim to fame. Trust me, we got nothing else to offer.

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