Do fairies live at the bottom of your garden?
Maybe not anymore but a recent discovery would suggest that they probably did. What appear to be the mummified remains of a fairy have been discovered in the Derbyshire countryside.
The 8 inch remains complete with wings, skin, teeth and flowing red hair have been examined by archaeologists and forensic experts who can confirm that the body is genuine. X-rays of the fairy reveal an anatomically identical skeleton to that of a child. The bones, however, are hollow like those of a bird making them particularly light. The puzzling presence of a navel even suggests that the beings reproduce the same as humans despite the absence of reproductive organs.
The remains were found by a local man, who wishes to remain anonymous, while walking his dog along an old Roman road between the Derbyshire villages of Duffield and Belper. The area has long been shrouded in mystery with tales of ghostly highwaymen and strange "dancing" lights on warm summer evenings.
"I was walking along the lane at a point which passes an old Iron Age barrow (burial mound) when my dog began to bark and act rather strangely. He was barking in the direction of the barrow and would not go anywhere near it which was strange as we walk past it almost every day. I was curious and approached the mound to see what could be disturbing him and it's then that I noticed something odd."
I saw, in the side of the barrow, a fissure as if a section of ground had subsided or been opened up. The crack emasured about 2ft long and 1ft wide and looked to have been formed recently as I had never seen it before. I knelt down and looked inside the dark hole. The hill seemed to be hollow like a cave as I could feel a cool draught against my skin. I used the smal LED torch on my car keys to see if I could see anything in the darkness. It was at this point I saw something that startled me. 2 or 3 feet in front of me I could see a human like form only this was much smaller. My initial instinct was to call the police as I thought it may be the body of a small child but as I looked closer I could see that this was not the case. It was too small and, more importantly, it had what appeared to be wings! Not wanting to touch it I used to stick to carefully drag it out and picked it up in one of the dog's poo bags (empty, of course)."
He immediately called his wife stating he had found something "unbelievable" and asked her to bring a camera and a box immediately.
More than one body....
His wife said: "When I first arrived I could hear the dog barking from some distance. I had no idea what he had found. When I approached the barrow could see him crouched down looking at something on the floor. 'What have you found?' I shouted. 'See for yourself,' he said. I looked down and saw a tiny but perfect mummified human body with hair, dark brown skin and, more disturbingly, wings. 'I know what it looks like,' he said, 'but how can it be? And there's not just one. I've had another look inside that hole in the ground and there are many more!' "
The body was taken home in a biscuit tin and kept in a garage overnight. The following day the local police were informed and the remains were taken away for analysis.
How could such creatures exist without detection for so many years? Cryptozoologists who examined the remains suspect they have evolved to suit their surroundings so well they would be virtually invisible to the naked eye. Their wings and skin pigment would camouflage them extremely well and they would most probably live in the treetops and rarely venture down to ground level. In winter they would probably retreat underground into cave networks.
Whether they still exist is another question but the remains found in Derbyshire have laid thousands of years of folklore to rest.