Construction crews unearth 6,200-year-old wood carving in Wales

Updated Aug 14, 2013
Credit: Wales OnlineCredit: Wales Online

“In archaeological circles, this is the is equivalent to winning the lottery.”

That was the reaction from Richard Scott Jones, an archaeologist from Heritage Recording Services Wales, to Wales Online after a construction crew unearthed an ancient wood carving in the UK country.

Jones called the carving “priceless” and said it dates back 6,270 years to the Late Mesolithic/Early Neolithic period.

The carving was discovered by workers building the Maerdy Wind Farm in the Rhondda Valley, Wales Online reports. It was one among 12 pieces of lumber dug up from waterlogged peat deposits by the crew.

The carving is believed to have been used to indicate a tribal or hunting boundary. It measures about 5.5 feet long and featuring an “intricate pattern along one side and an oval motif at one end.”

It’s been a big year for historical finds on construction sites. We’ve seen a Civil War cannonball, a vampire grave and a mysterious statue so far.