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A Polish Grandmother Unearthed A Prehistoric Axe Made Of Flint Over 50 Years Ago, But No One Knew She’d Found A Rare 4,400-Year-Old Ancient Artifact Until She Recently Passed It Down To Her Grandson

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Over 50 years ago, a woman from Poland dug up a prehistoric axe made of flint. She found the tool in a field in Biłgoraj.

Fascinated by its unusual appearance, she decided to keep it. However, its true significance wasn’t fully realized until decades later.

In all that time, she made no mention of the find to archaeologists. Now, the woman is a grandmother.

She passed the stone down to her grandson, thinking that he would enjoy it. After coming into possession of the stone, he discovered that it was a rare ancient artifact.

Her grandson, Mariusz Buczko, reached out to experts about the unique nature of the stone. Thanks to Jerzy Libera, an archaeologist at the Marie Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, the stone has been identified as a rare type of flint axe that was approximately 4,400 years old.

The ancient artifact was about 4.3 inches long, and the gray and brown stone was shaped like a trapezoid.

It had a smooth surface and a slightly jagged edge that was once a sharpened blade. One side of the axe was lighter brown in color. The other side was dark brown and had two small indents near the more pointed end.

Archaeologists reported that the tool was made between 2600 and 2400 B.C. by the Globular Amphora culture.

This community was from the prehistoric European Chalcolithic period and was the youngest of the Neolithic cultures that occupied Central Europe. Evidence of their settlements has been found in eastern Poland and Ukraine.

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