lunes, 24 de noviembre de 2014

Archaeologists unearth ancient flint axe near Rødbyhavn, Denmark


The well-preserved shafted axe has ritual significance due to its vertical positioning, archaeologists contend (Photo: Museum Lolland-Falster)

Femern Bridge connection dig yielding loads of hidden gems

Archaeologists from Museum Lolland-Falster have found a remarkably well-preserved axe with an intact shaft during their digs in connection with the construction of the Femern Belt Fixed Link.

The narrow-necked flint axe is evaluated to be about 5,500 years old and was found in what used to be the seabed during the Stone Age.

”To find such a well-preserved shafted axe is incredible,” Søren Anker Sørensen, an archaeologist with Museum Lolland-Falster, said in a press release.

"Thanks to the unique preservation conditions, we have found a lot of organic material during the digs. We had also found several special items such as an oar, two bows and 14 axe shafts, but when we found an entire shafted axe 30cm below the sea floor, we knew we had made a unique find.” [...] The Copenhagen Pos


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