Couple find mysterious object next to Museum

A musician couple made an interesting discovery recently at Robert Louis Stevenson Museum in Apia.

Judy Turno and Neil Adam travelled to Samoa from Melbourne to play in a concert at the museum, when they discovered two old metal plates in the backyard of the house next to the museum. 

Walking barefoot in the garden at the edge of the lawn next to the forest, Mr. Adam’s toe hit something in the dirt.

“I looked down and it was a piece of metal, iron with some sort of straight edge where I hit my toe and half came out of the ground. I took some grass off and pulled it out. This half had a lighthouse on it and there was another piece of metal so I pulled that out,” he said.

The thick pieces of metal went unnoticed over the years with museum workers probably considering it to be part of the house’s pipe system. The mysterious object has a 400mm by 250mm diameter. 

Museum president James Winegar has confirmed that he is contact with experts to throw more light on the two mysterious objects. 

“We didn’t have any archeological artifacts like that. We don’t know enough about it by now,” he said.

Mr Adam has sent emails to Scotland, the birthplace of novelist, poet, musician and travel writer Robert Louis Stevenson, in a bid to get more information. 

“I don’t know what they are but they are definitely really old and an authentic artifact, which somehow got lost in the garden. I’ve been sending some emails, after our concert on Wednesday, to Scotland and people who love the author just to find out what these things are, so we will see,” he added. 

The two pieces of metal have been stored at the bibliotheca section of the museum as more information is sought. 

“I knew that I was coming out of sort of a personal archeological expedition for myself, to see the home, to sing the songs. But I never would have known it is going to be like that to find things in the garden,” Mr Adam said.

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