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Woman finds ancient artifact in baby shark
The Star (Myanmar) ^ | Wednesday February 22, 2012 | R.S.N. Murali

Posted on 02/27/2012 4:33:12 PM PST by SunkenCiv

MALACCA: A baby shark being prepared for lunch gave a family here a big surprise -- an ancient artifact believed to be dated long before the Portuguese conquest of Malacca.

Housewife Suseela Menon, from Klebang, made the priceless discovery while filleting the fish for lunch.

It is believed to be a medallion worn by the Portuguese soldiers, presumably as a divine protection, during their conquests in this part of the world in the 16th century.

One side of the medallion is a profile of a woman's head with a crown and encircled by a halo and an inscription that is unclear.

The other side is a crucifix with an engraved inscription that read ANTONII.

Checks with a local historian revealed the head engraving could be that of Queen Elizabeth, the consort of King Denis I of Portugal during his reign from 1271 to 1336.

Suseela said she immediately cleaned the medallion and preserved it in a box.

"I bought two sharks from the wet market and was taken aback upon discovering the object inside the stomach of one of the fishes," said the 47-year-old mother-of-two at her home yesterday.

Suseela had wanted to prepare shark curry for her husband.

"Finally, my husband decided not to eat the fish as the object seems to be a religious item," she said.

The medallion is 7.4cm long, 6cm wide and weighs 10g.

"My husband feels it is a blessing for the family to have the medallion coming to our home from beneath the sea. We will always cherish it," said Suseela.

(Excerpt) Read more at thestar.com.my ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: godsgravesglyphs; malacca; myanmar; portugal
Rare find: Suseela showing the artifact she found inside the baby shark’s stomach.

Woman finds ancient artifact in baby shark

1 posted on 02/27/2012 4:33:25 PM PST by SunkenCiv
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To: SunkenCiv

Cool!


2 posted on 02/27/2012 4:35:53 PM PST by SatinDoll (No Foreign Naionals as our President!)
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Missed opportunity ping.
Suseela said she immediately cleaned the medallion...
Oh well.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


3 posted on 02/27/2012 4:37:47 PM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: SunkenCiv

A hurricane surged it up over the sands and a shark mistook it for a baby turtle?


4 posted on 02/27/2012 4:39:46 PM PST by txhurl
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To: SunkenCiv

I love the word “consort”....


5 posted on 02/27/2012 4:41:04 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: SunkenCiv
Thanks. Nothing would surprise me if found in a shark. I read once where a shark was cut open and a cannonball was found.
6 posted on 02/27/2012 4:43:55 PM PST by Theoria (Rush Limbaugh: Ron Paul sounds like an Islamic terrorist)
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To: SunkenCiv

I refuse to believe this. Absolutely refuse. A Hindu woman would respect the religious artifacts of a different religion?

Wait, no, sorry. I was confusing Hinduism with Islam. Carry on.


7 posted on 02/27/2012 4:46:24 PM PST by Feline_AIDS (A gun in hand is better than a cop on the phone.)
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To: Theoria

Cannonballs, license plates, tire rims.. who knows what sub-surface eddies might uncover under the sand.

The affinity for metallic objects might well be part of a migration and magnetic pole thing.


8 posted on 02/27/2012 4:49:25 PM PST by txhurl
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To: Sacajaweau

:’)


9 posted on 02/27/2012 4:56:47 PM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: SunkenCiv
I was going to ask why the Queen of Portugal would have a halo, but evidently the Queen, Elizabeth of Aragon, was sainted, and was known as St. Elizabeth of Portugal.


10 posted on 02/27/2012 4:58:42 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Cicero

That would seem to give us a date, since the medal was presumably made after she was sainted. Wikipedia says:

“Miracles were said to have followed upon her death. She was beatified in 1526 and canonized by Pope Urban VIII on 25 May 1625,[5] Her feast was inserted in the Roman Catholic Calendar of Saints for celebration on 4 July.”


11 posted on 02/27/2012 5:02:06 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Cicero

Might as well follow this up. Here’s her life from “Butler’s Lives of the Saints.”

http://www.bartleby.com/210/7/081.html


12 posted on 02/27/2012 5:07:14 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: SunkenCiv

“Checks with a local historian revealed the head engraving could be that of Queen Elizabeth, the consort of King Denis I of Portugal during his reign from 1271 to 1336.”
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I’m not an expert at these kinds of things, but isn’t the term “ancient” typically applied to events, people and objects from around the Greek Classical period or before?


13 posted on 02/27/2012 5:09:25 PM PST by fidelis (Zonie and USAF Cold Warrior)
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To: fidelis

Yes, the “ancient world” in Europe is generally considered to have ended with the fall of Rome.

But perhaps it’s different with Myanmar, or Burma. Here, ancient may refer to the period before it became a colony. Burma became a British colony after the fall of Mandalay to the British, in 1886. So the 14th century would have been way back in the Imperial period, 1044-1885.


14 posted on 02/27/2012 5:27:27 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: fidelis

Hey, even “old” has taken on a new meaning as I’ve aged.


15 posted on 02/27/2012 5:33:04 PM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: SunkenCiv

Don’t wear that medallion. It attracts sharks.


16 posted on 02/27/2012 5:51:23 PM PST by clearcarbon
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To: SunkenCiv
Suseela said she immediately cleaned the medallion

"Oh, why not; I've already cleaned the shark...".

17 posted on 02/27/2012 6:14:35 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (If any of their "Alternatives" actually works, the Greenies will proceed to kill it.)
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To: Theoria

old tires too


18 posted on 02/27/2012 6:21:13 PM PST by wxgesr (I want to be the first person to surf on another planet.)
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To: SunkenCiv

In a related story, Helen Thomas was recently reported missing.


19 posted on 02/27/2012 6:24:10 PM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: SunkenCiv

“Housewife Suseela Menon,from Klebang”

I stopped reading right there. I wish I could say I was from Klebang.


20 posted on 02/27/2012 6:29:33 PM PST by MV=PY (The Magic Question: Who's paying for it?)
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To: clearcarbon

lol


21 posted on 02/27/2012 6:38:43 PM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: SunkenCiv

When I fillet a fish I’ve caught, I rarely cut it’s stomach open to see what’s inside.

But that’s just me.


22 posted on 02/27/2012 7:22:02 PM PST by SnuffaBolshevik (In a tornado, even turkeys can fly.)
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To: SunkenCiv
my husband decided not to eat the fish as the object seems to be a religious item," she said.

"My husband feels it is a blessing for the family to have the medallion coming to our home from beneath the sea. We will always cherish it,"

I like that.

23 posted on 02/28/2012 8:03:16 PM PST by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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