Archaeologists in Norway have unearthed what they believe to be a skull 8,000 years old that could contain the oldest remnants of a human brain.
The discovery was made at a dig site in Stokke, southwest of Oslo.
Initial findings suggest the skull belonged to a child no older than ten years old, while an adult was also buried in a fetal-like position in the grave.
The investigation took place due to a planned building of a big conference centre called the Oslofjord Convention Center.
The excavation project involves two sites from the same interval of the Mesolithic era, about 6,000 BC, approximately 8,000 years ago.
Little is known of this period of the Stone Age in eastern Norway, making the sites of particular interest.
Gaute Reitan of the Museum of Cultural History in Oslo, who led the excavation, told MailOnline that normally on sites like this the team finds tools, weapons and production waste - but finding organic material is very rare.
‘We thought it was too good to be true,’ said Reitan.
‘Locally geologically favourable conditions had preserved the bone material.
‘We discovered what turned out to be what we think is a human skull.’
The top of the skull was badly preserved and the inside was partly exposed, showing the grey, spongey and clay-like matter.
‘We are definitely not sure yet, but I cannot imagine this matter being anything else than brain,’ Reitan continued.
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