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Miscellany

THE WORLD OF WRITING

Copied writing, copyrighting, selfies, stocks, dead trails and lively tales – it’s all out there in the weird wide world of writing

Researchers dig deep for fairy tale history

University researchers think that fairy tales like Beauty and the Beast can be traced back thousands of years, and not just to the 16th and 17th centuries as is widely believed.

They found some tales were older than the earliest literary records, with one dating back to the Bronze Age.

Durham University anthropologist Dr Jamie Tehrani – who worked with folklorist Sara Graca Da Silva, from the New University of Lisbon – told the BBC: ‘We find it pretty remarkable these stories have survived without being written. They have been told since before even English, French and Italian existed. They were probably told in an extinct Indo-European language.’

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