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450,000-year-old axe found on beach

A man walking along a beach in Scotland found a Palaeolithic axe could be up to 450,000 years old.

The 14cm-long flint axe discovered on the shore at St Ola in Orkney was described as “incredibly exciting” by Caroline Wickham-Jones, a lecturer in archaeology for the University of Aberdeen.

She believes the flint axe dates from the Palaeolithic period, or Old Stone Age, of prehistory and could be anything between 100,000 and 450,000 years old.

Palaeolithic axes are incredibly rare, with fewer than ten being found in Scotland.

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Story: John Ross, Scotsman | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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