Amateur Archeologist Believes He Knows Location of Holy Grail
The search for the Holy Grail—has the ancient relic been located in England?
The Holy Grail is thought to have been the legendary cup of Christ used by Jesus at the last supper. Treasure hunters have searched for it for centuries, and hundreds of people have claimed to possess it. Now, U.K.-based amateur archeologist Barrie-Jon Bower, tells the Sun newspaper he knows where it is.
Bower, who says he has studied the grail and the Knights Templar for years, believes the grail is hidden in a secret chamber beneath a manmade river in the Hounslow Heath area of London. But how could one of the most sought-after relics of the holy land make its way to an underground hiding place in London? Bower tells the Sun the Knights Templar trained in this area and claims they built this secret underground crypt to hide treasures from the holy land. Bower told the Sun, “[f]inally, I am certain this is the right spot. I am certain there will be a vault beneath the surface, with the Grail inside and other treasures from the Crusades.”
Exploring Alchemical Symbols
Symbols and allegories were common parlance during the “golden age” of alchemy — the 17th and 18th centuries. An example is the 17th Century British folk song, “John Barleycorn,” which tells the harrowing story of poor John Barleycorn, subjected to torture, abuse, death, and ultimately, triumph.
“They ploughed, they sowed, they harrowed him in
Throwed clods upon his head,
Til these three men were satisfied
John Barleycorn was dead.”
Other verses describe John Barleycorn being cut off at the knees, tied around the waist, stabbed in the heart with forks, having his skin split from the bone and ground between two stones, and being drowned. The final verses are:
“There’s beer all in the barrel and brandy in the glass
But little Sir John, with his nut-brown bowl, proved the strongest man at last.
And the huntsman he can’t hunt the fox nor loudly blow his horn
And the tinker he can’t mend his pots without a little barleycorn.”
In John Barleycorn’s final incarnation, as distilled whiskey, he can lay low (intoxicate) any man who challenges him; others depend on him to ease their existence. The abuses our hero endures correspond to the stages of planting, growing, harvesting, and milling barley and distilling whiskey.