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The oldest water wells in Europe

Archeologists in Germany have uncovered four water wells which date back 7,000 years.


The four wells, which reach seven metres into the earth and were likely used to provide a small settlement with fresh water, did not match up with what historians believed man was capable of at that time.

The discovery seemed to suggest that early settlers in the area were working with wood long before metal tools were invented, and points towards a much higher standard of living for early stone age settlers than initially thought.

Elaborate woodwork techniques made this even more apparent – the corners of the wells had been bound tight enough to survive 7,000 years underground – “it was a big surprise,” said Willy Tegel, the archeologist who headed the team.

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Story: The Local | Photo: The Local

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