My name is Hunter Ross and I am originally from San Diego. In October of 2012 I flew to England for a postdoctoral project, but had no idea what I was getting myself into.

I was part of an archeological team digging in the Far Forest area of England under the supervision of Dr. Charles Weber. We excavated at two major sites, both were full of artifacts from around 1000 CE during the rule of Æthelred II (or the Unready). Our lead Professor, Doctor Weber, became increasingly unstable during the dig, and we later found out none of the required permits were obtained through the Council for British Archaeology.

far forest coinsDespite his antics, we stumbled upon one of the greatest archeological discoveries of the modern era. We unearthed five chests full of extraordinary scrolls, all of which were over one-thousand years old.

Upon translating the scrolls Professor R.C. Novotny and I discovered it was one complete story. Who wrote this epic tale? Only a cryptic signature was left on the bottom of the last written scroll (it consisted of four stylized A’s). All the illustrations have a unique autograph: a curling letter “A” with a four cleverly veiled within it.

Who was this “A4?” We honestly don’t know, but it is an area of active investigation. Many postulate he was a high-ranking courtier in Æthelred II’s court (or potentially Sweyn I, the Danish sovereign who briefly sat on the English throne in 1013 CE).

Despite the breaches in protocol by Dr. Weber, the coinage and other artifacts (pottery and weapons) found in the Far Forest area are currently being housed at the British Museum on Great Russell Street, London. Inexplicably, there are some in the academic community who shun the scrolls discovery as fraudulent. However, I was there, I saw the chests come out of the ground.

Dr. Weber has disappeared and my career has been blacklisted because of my association with the unearthing of these scrolls. I have come to terms with this, and with the help of Professor Novotny it is now my life’s mission to make sure this heroic tale is made available to the world.

Enjoy! Hunter        (my blog: http://hunterinengland.weebly.com)