Does the discovery mean that someone was writing using the Greek alphabet (or, if we reverse the figures, the modern Latin alphabet) eight million years ago?
If so, how did the ‘letters’ come to be encased inside a block of marble?
Wirral Transport Museum is a museum situated approximately 0.5 miles (800 m) from the Mersey Ferry service at Woodside, Birkenhead, England.
The cross is very well preserved because it was buried and only rediscovered in the 1850’s minus the shaft.
Norristown has long been known for its marble and limestone, the latter being quarried commercially as early as the 1690s.
It is difficult to know what this is meant to demonstrate.
Whilst Greek inscriptions (or any other type) may easily be made on the surface of a marble block, it is impossible to inscribe inside marble, which is what this discovery would demand if we are to accept it as part of a writing system.
This phenomenon is known as a simulacrum: something in nature that happens to resemble something else with meaning to the observer.