Preserved in the mud since the 14th century, and just discovered: A boy left a message and drawing on a birch scroll in the Old Novgorod language, a precursor to Russian. The scroll was dug from the preservative mud of Veliky Novgorod. More
1. Onfim lived in th 13th century (the article in the NYT states that correctly).
2. The drawings were discovered not recently but almost 60 years ago.
But anyway I love this, probably my favourite thing about the Novgorodian archeology.
So I was writing a small paper in Microsoft Word and the program suddenly crashed (I saved a couple minutes before, thank god) and I get this message in the corner of my screen two seconds afterward
what the fuck