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28 January 2011
Neolithic axe found by 9-year-old Cub Scout

A 9-year-old Cub Scout, Owen Page, when walking with his grandfather in the village of Little Totham, in Essex (England), prevented his grandfather from discarding a rare artifact. On the walk Tony Page, the grandfather, had been throwing stones for his dogs to chase. His grandson noticed something unusual about one of the stones and his suspicions were confirmed when it turned out to be a Neolithic hand axe which had undergone the first stage of polishing.
     Curator of Archaeology at Colchester Museum, UK, Dr Paul Sealey, is quoted as saying "Axes of this kind were tools used by the first farmers and when they arrived here they were faced with more or less continuous forest cover, apart from salt marshes on the coast and a few features. Faced with the daunting prospect of having to clear this forest cover, axes were one of the most important tools at their disposal". Owen was suitably rewarded by his Cub Pack with a flint finder's certificate.

Edited from Gazette, This is Total Essex (25 January 2011)

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