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Stone Age flint tools and charcoal uncovered in England

10,000-year-old flint tools and charcoal from controlled fires have been found in Birmingham.

Until now, the earliest known settlements in the city centre are medieval, dating back to the 12th century, less than 1,000 years ago.

A time team from the University of Leicester carried out the dig and found the artefacts preserved in a hollow beneath the ground. Accurate carbon dating has put them at 10,400 years ago – during the Mesolithic or middle stone age.

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