In Lancashire, United Kingdom, archaeologists discovered a Late Bronze Age hoard of artefacts among which a complete, pressed flower was discovered. The perfectly preserved flower, identified as a thistle, is said to be 3000 years old.
The flower was deliberately placed inside the hollow end of an axe handle and buried with other weapons, jewellery and ornaments. Most of the artefacts are in pristine condition. Another axe found within the hoard is said to have been filled with hazelnuts, possibly as part of a ritual offering.
Other discoveries from the site include spearheads with blades still sharp, axes, bracelets, arm rings, a chisel and a pair of ornaments thought to have been part of a horse harness. The objects are believed to be a part of a ritual offering – artefacts were possibly placed in a wet and waterlogged site.
(after The Guardian)