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Moreton-in-Marsh Stone Age axe find leads to seaside theory Archaeologists said the hand axe could be 100,000 years old

A Stone Age hand axe which was found on a building site could help prove part of Gloucestershire was once "almost on the seaside", experts have said.


Archaeologists uncovered the finely-worked stone tool, which may be about 100,000 years old, on a housing development in Moreton-in-Marsh.


They said they believed it may have been used by cavemen on the shores of a lake that spanned across the Midlands.


The axe is thought to have been used primarily for butchering large animals.


The tool was found by Cotswold Archaeology earlier this month on the building site at The Fire Service College.


A similar axe was found nearby a few years ago, which experts said made the latest find "hugely significant".

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