Jump to content

Perfectly preserved 6,000-year-old leaf that fell from elm tree discovered by archaeologists


dufus
 Share

Recommended Posts

swns-ancient-leaf.jpg?ve=1&tl=1

A perfectly-preserved leaf (seen above) that fell from an elm tree 6,000 years ago has been discovered intact. (Highways England/SWNS

 

A leaf that fell from an elm tree more than 6,000 years ago was discovered intact by archaeologists in the United Kingdom.

 

Scientists found the leaf -- along with a selection of Stone Age tools and pottery -- when they were clearing a piece of land outside of Blackpool along the coast of northern England.

 

Lead archaeologist Fraser Brown told The Daily Mail that the finds were of national significance.

 

"We have found extensive deposits of peat and marine clays which have helped preserve ancient plant remains and which yield information on the local vegetation, water,

 

climate, and human activity," he explained to the British publication.

 

"We've also found pottery, stone tools and charred remains providing direct evidence for Mesolithic hunter-gatherers foraging, and possibly camping, at the water's edge and later on, Neolithic and Bronze Age farmers living on the fringes of a salt marsh," Brown added.

 

Rare pottery and tool fragments found at the site include (on the left) parts of a Carinated Bowl. On the right, from the same site, are some ancient twigs and hazelnuts.

Rare pottery and tool fragments found at the site include (on the left) parts of a Carinated Bowl. On the right, from the same site, are some ancient twigs and hazelnuts. (Highways England/SWNS)

 

The haul of items found at the site reportedly also includes wood, leaves, hazelnuts and ancient pollen.

 

sauce

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.
×
×
  • Create New...