Claim made that sacred relic is buried in secret crypt under local river
The Duke of Northumberland's River in Isleworth. Picture: Google Streetview
An amateur archaeologist believes those on a quest to find the Holy Grail, including King Arthur’s knights and Indiana Jones, should have been looking in Isleworth.
An amateur archaeologist, is convinced the goblet, used by Jesus at the Last Supper, could be buried in a secret crypt under the Duke of Northumberland’s River.
According to a report in the Sun, 40-year-old Barrie-Jon Bower from Cinderford, Gloucestershire, reached this astonishing conclusion after years of research on what happened to the sacred object.
He believes the Knights Templar brought the grail to England during the Middle Ages and then hid it, along with a number of holy relics in a crypt near a weir on the river.
Mr Bower, who is unemployed at the moment believes he is on the cusp of one of the greatest ever archaeological discoveries.
He told The Sun, "When I find it, it's going to be one of the greatest finds in history, the biggest discovery of mankind.
"Now I've been in the water it's made me more certain. It feels hollow. It feels right. There's something underneath. Why not Hounslow?
"Finally 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. "
The report claims he has secured the help of the Environment Agency, to divert the river early this year in order to allow the river bed to be surveyed. He believes this will show it is hollow after he uses special geophysical equipment which he has hired for £1,000.
He told the newspaper, “I can't wait to get started. There are some other reasons as to why I think the Holy Grail is here which I don't want to reveal.
“I don't want rival hunters to get that information. It needs to stay secret. All will be revealed.”
A spokesperson for the Environment Agency said, 'We are willing to review Mr Bower’s request and see if we are able to support him at another time.
'We have a statutory role to ensure that any works carried out on a Main River are done in a way that does not cause environmental damage or pose a flood risk.”
There are currently over two hundred locations across Europe which claim to be the home of the real Holy Grail.
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January 1, 2021