Archaeologists in Denmark have uncovered an incredibly rare find: a stone age axe held within its wooden handle.
The 5,500-year-old Neolithic axe was found during archaeological surveys ahead of a multi-billion euro tunnel project.
The axe seems to have been jammed into what was once the seabed, perhaps as part of a ritual offering.
The lack of oxygen in the clay ground helped preserve the wooden handle.
The find was made in Rodbyhavn on the Danish island of Lolland, which is to be connected to the German island of Fehmarn via the tunnel link.
"Finding a hafted [handle-bearing] axe as well preserved as this one is quite amazing," said Soren Anker Sorensen, an archaeologist at the Museum Lolland-Falster in Denmark.
A WEALTHY Roman woman's jewellry has been found during excavations in Colchester.
The remarkable find is thought to be one of the finest of its kind ever discovered in Britain.
Archaeologists believe it may have been buried for safe keeping before the town was destroyed by Boadicea's marauding armies.
The cache of jewellery, found by Colchester Archaeological Trust at Williams and Griffin department store, includes three gold armlets, a silver chain necklace, two silver bracelets, a silver armlet and a small bag of coins.
There was also a small jewellery box containing two sets of gold earrings and four gold finger rings.