Mysterious note found inside an 18th century Jesus statue's bottom may be a 'time capsule' written by a Spanish priest 300 years ago

  • The note dates back to 1777 and is said to be signed by priest Joaquin Minguez
  • Mr Minguez was priest of the cathedral of Burgo de Osma at the time
  • The note reportedly discusses popular Spanish pastimes, the local village's economy, political and religious matters and more?

Restorers of an 18th century wooden statue of Jesus Christ have reportedly found a calligraphed note that a priest hid in the Messiah's rear end.

The note dates back to 1777 and is signed by Joaquin Minguez, priest of the cathedral of Burgo de Osma at the time, the statue's restorers claim.

It discusses popular Spanish pastimes, the local village's economy, political and religious matters, famous people, among other topics.

Though the restoration firm that found the note makes startling claims about its origins and contents, the legitimacy of the discovery has not yet been confirmed by historians or archaeologists.

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Restorers of an 18th century wooden statue of Jesus Christ have reportedly found a calligraphed note that a priest hid in the Messiah's rear end

Restorers of an 18th century wooden statue of Jesus Christ have reportedly found a calligraphed note that a priest hid in the Messiah's rear end

The note dates back to 1777 and is signed by Joaquin Minguez, priest of the cathedral of Burgo de Osma at the time, the statue's restorers claim

The note dates back to 1777 and is signed by Joaquin Minguez, priest of the cathedral of Burgo de Osma at the time, the statue's restorers claim

WHAT DOES THE DOCUMENT SAY??

The document names the statue's sculptor and includes information about local practices such as farming and community affairs, Da Vinci Restauro claims.

The script also highlights common diseases, popular children's games and even the names of successful bullfighters of the time.

Da Vinci Restauro said the references indicate its author intended for the note to act as a time capsule for future generation.

MailOnline spoke to Da Vinci Restauro employee Gemma Ramírez Millares, but she was unable to give any extra detail on what the note says.

The document was recently unearthed by workers of the Madrid-based art restoration company Da Vinci Restauro.?

The wooden statue is usually kept at the church of Santa Agueda in the village of Sotillo de la Ribera in the northern Spanish province of Burgos.?

The document, handwritten on both sides of two pages, was found when restorers removed a piece of fabric used to cover Christ's behind which exposed a small gap, Da Vinci Restauro claims.

'The document of the eighteenth century appeared when we were dismantling the Christ of the cross,' restorer Gemma Ramírez Millares told MailOnline.

'The wood is hollow inside, and the sculptor introduced the two permaninos, which we have found.

'The document found talks about life in the town in 1777, the author, the local economy, games and customs of the time, etc.'

The note, found in the rear end of the statue pictured, reportedly discusses popular Spanish pastimes, the local village's economy, political and religious matters, famous people, and other topics

The note, found in the rear end of the statue pictured, reportedly discusses popular Spanish pastimes, the local village's economy, political and religious matters, famous people, and other topics

The document was recently unearthed by workers of the Madrid-based art restoration company Da Vinci Restauro. They were restoring the wooden statue above when they reportedly found two pieces of paper hidden inside the hollow model

The document was recently unearthed by workers of the Madrid-based art restoration company Da Vinci Restauro. They were restoring the wooden statue above when they reportedly found two pieces of paper hidden inside the hollow model

Today the wooden statue is kept at the church of Santa Agueda in the village of Sotillo de la Ribera in the northern Spanish province of Burgos. Pictured are the two documents revealed once the restorers had cut into the statue

Today the wooden statue is kept at the church of Santa Agueda in the village of Sotillo de la Ribera in the northern Spanish province of Burgos. Pictured are the two documents revealed once the restorers had cut into the statue

Da Vinci Restauro created a re-enactment video showing how its artists came across the amazing find.?

The firm reports it spoke to a local historian named Efren Arroyo, who said: 'It is amazing, because it really is unique to find hidden handwritten documents inside such statues.'

However the company was not forthcoming with details of Mr Arroyo and could not confirm where his research is based.

The document names the statue's sculptor and includes information about local practices such as farming and community affairs, Da Vinci Restauro claimed.

The document, handwritten on both sides of two pages, was found when restorers removed a piece of fabric used to cover Christ's behind which exposed a small gap

The document, handwritten on both sides of two pages, was found when restorers removed a piece of fabric used to cover Christ's behind which exposed a small gap

The document names the statue's sculptor and includes information about local practices such as farming and community affairs, Da Vinci Restauro claims

The document names the statue's sculptor and includes information about local practices such as farming and community affairs, Da Vinci Restauro claims

The script also highlights common diseases, popular children's games and even the names of successful bullfighters of the time

The script also highlights common diseases, popular children's games and even the names of successful bullfighters of the time

The script also highlights common diseases, popular children's games and even the names of successful bullfighters of the time.

Da Vinci Restauro said the references indicate its author intended for the note to act as a time capsule for future generation.

MailOnline spoke to Ms Millares, but the art restorer was unable to give any extra detail on what the note says.

Da Vinci Restauro said the references indicate its author intended for the note to act as a time capsule for future generation. Pictured is a shard of wood from the statue

Da Vinci Restauro said the references indicate its author intended for the note to act as a time capsule for future generation. Pictured is a shard of wood from the statue

MailOnline spoke to Ms Millares over the phone, but the art restorer was unable to give any extra detail on what the note says

MailOnline spoke to Ms Millares over the phone, but the art restorer was unable to give any extra detail on what the note says

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