A very lucky British man got the bargain of a lifetime when he purchased a 4,500 year old ancient Egyptian wooden maul – a type of hammer – at a local sale in north east England, for just £3 ($5).
The 4,500 year old ancient Egyptian wooden maul
Michael Jackson, an ambulance driver, was at a sale where people sell personal goods they no longer want. He was rummaging through a box of broken tools when he noticed the maul, which was in a very poor condition with masking tape wrapped around the handle.
When Mr Jackson removed the tape he found a finely engraved silver band which explained it was an Egyptian maul, and that it had been found at the ancient burial ground, Saqqara, a site that is part of a cemetery linked to the ancient Egyptian capital Memphis.
Saqqara is a vast, ancient burial ground in Egypt, serving as the necropolis for the Ancient Egyptian capital, Memphis
The maul was originally brought from Egypt to Ireland in 1905 by an English army officer.
Mr Jackson sent his find off to the Natural History Museum in London, where the maul was compared to one already in its Egyptian collection, and the £3 hammer was confirmed to be genuine artefact from ancient Egypt..
Natural History Museum London where the maul was compared to one already in its Egyptian collection and confirmed to be genuine
Jackson, who is single, said “I was completely stunned and delighted.”
Experts claim the maul is worth between £2,000 ($3,400) and £4,000 ($6,800).
An Egyptian expert said: ‘Wooden mallets were used in ancient Egypt in all types of activities, from stone and wood sculpting to boat and furniture building.
An Egyptian relief shows a maul being used with a chisel
“A preserved wooden item like this from the Egyptian period is extremely rare and over the course of my 25-year career I’ve only ever seen three appear on the market.”
Mr Jackson, who has visited Egypt before, plans to sell the maul to fund more trips to Egypt.
Mr Jackson on a trip to Egypt