8-year-old girl unearths Stone Age dagger by her school in Norway

A Norwegian 8-year-old girl was playing outside her school when she came upon a Stone Age knife.

A Norwegian 8-year-old girl was playing outside her school when she stumbled upon an unexpected find: a flint knife made 3,700 years ago by Stone Age humans, not a dropped ball or a discarded jump rope.

The youngster, who was only given her first name in a statement translated from Norwegian, was playing in a rocky area near her Vestland County school when she came upon the gray-brown dagger. She said in the statement, "I was going to pick up a piece of glass, and suddenly the stone was there.

Karen Drange, Elise's instructor, observed the stone's antiquity when she presented it to her. Drange called the Vestland county government, and the county's archaeologists looked at the relic.

According to the translated statement from Louise Bjerre Petersen, an archaeologist with Vestland county municipality, the almost 5-inch-long (12-centimeter) instrument is a rare discovery. The assertion suggests that the dagger may have originated in Denmark since flint, a hard sedimentary rock, does not naturally occur in Norway.

The researchers said that this kind of blade is frequently discovered with objects used as sacrifices. The Vestland County Council and Vestland County's University Museum in Bergen, Norway's second-largest city, joined forces to research the region further. However, they claimed in the statement that they had not discovered any other Stone Age artifacts.

The dagger most likely originates from the New Stone Age, often known as the Neolithic, when prehistoric people first fashioned stone tools, started to depend on domesticated plants and animals, built permanent settlements, and created crafts like pottery. According to Talk Norway, an informative website on Norway's history and cultural heritage, the Stone Age, which includes the Paleolithic, Mesolithic, and Neolithic periods, lasted in Norway from 10,000 B.C. to 1800 B.C. A number of hunter-gatherers began permanently settling down to farm around 2400 B.C.

The University Museum will catalog the dagger and utilize it for study. The item is not the only recent Stone Age find in Norway to draw notice. The H Gamle Prestegard museum in southern Norway recently unveiled a full-body replica of a Stone Age adolescent who lived 8,300 years ago. The teen boy was probably a hunter-gatherer in a Mesolithic community, but the circumstances of his death are unknown; it appears he passed away alone leaning against a cave wall because his remains showed no signs of a burial.