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'Significant' prehistoric artifacts found in northern Germany

Copper artifacts found at a building site in the city of Osnabrück could be of national importance, experts have said. The city added that the find, dating back to the Neolithic Age, is unique in Germany.

Deutschland Rathaus in Osnabrück

The find in Osnabrück - its city hall is pictured here - could be of national significance

A group of ancient copper items found at a construction site in June, including three pieces of jewelry and an ax, has turned out to be possibly of "national significance," the northern German city of Osnabrück said on Friday.

It said a collection of this size and type had never before been found in Germany.

The artifacts, which are thought to date back to the end of the Neolithic Age between 2,500 BCE and 2,000 BCE, were reportedly found at a building site on the edge of the inner city by a volunteer worker from the city's archeology department.

Experts said the artifacts were made using techniques developed in the southeastern European region.

The city said the items needed restoration to reveal all the details of design and production methods, adding that tests would be carried out to establish whether the items were perhaps among the oldest metal products in Germany, if not Europe.

The city's mayor, Wolfgang Grieser, said he wants the city to have the rights to present the find and has already received approval from the relevant authority in Lower Saxony, the German state in which Osnabrück is located.

tj/sms (dpa, KNA)

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