Men find 110,000 kroner worth of ancient junk in drainage excavation

Shifa Rahaman
July 6th, 2016

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Not too bad for a day’s hard earnings

More than just a plank of wood (photo: Viborg Museum)

Two men from Jutland have uncovered a 5,700 year old flint axe worth 110,000 kroner, in a story that will give amateur archaeologists the world over some hope.

Down the drain
Tage Pinnerup and Henrik Hansen, from Jutland, were excavating drainage back in April when they stumbled across what looked like an old plank of wood. The duo initially thought it to be useless junk ready for the scrap heap, but upon closer inspection changed their mind.

“At first I thought it was a board that was stuck to the ground. But when I got closer, I could tell it was something else,”  Pinnerup told TV2.

The men put the piece aside and continued working, but Pinnerup later googled ‘flint axe’ when he realised what they had uncovered.

Pay day
The one of a kind axe will now be put on display at Nationalmuseet in a new exhibition ‘What the Soil Saved: 2016’s Treasure Trove’ beginning 28 January 2017.

The two inadvertent treasure hunters are still contemplating what to spend their newfound wealth on, not wanting much more than an ice cream or a nice meal out.

“We talked about going out to dinner, and we’ll take it from there,” said Pinnurup, who later added a trip with the wives was also on the cards – if they behaved themselves, that is.


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