CAIRO: A 4,500 year-old ancient Egyptian wooden mallet, which was found in a car boot sale in Northumberland County north of England, was sold for 3 GBP, reported BBC Monday.
Ambulance worker Martin Jackson came across the mallet among a box of broken tools in local sale at Amble, Northumberland, BBC reported. Experts on the internet site Value My Stuff said the mallet is worth between 2,000 – 4,000 GBP.
Jackson, who told BBC he had studied ancient symbolism, took it home, removed the electric tape wrapped around its handle, and saw a finely engraved silver band of an ancient Egyptian style.
“At first I did not think too much of it; I just liked the look of it and put it on my living room shelf,” Jackson told The Journal, adding that he researched further and took it to the Natural History Museum, where it was compared to another one already in their Egyptian collection.
He said experts at the museum confirmed it was genuine, possibly 4,500 years old and that it was discovered at Sakkara archaeological site, 26 km south of Giza Pyramids, and that it was probably brought to Ireland circa 1905 by a British officer who visited Egypt.
Jackson told the BBC he planned to sell the mallet to fund a trip to Egypt and to continue his research into ancient symbols.
Former head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Abdel Halem Nour el-Din told The Cairo Post he saw a picture of the mallet and said it could be a 5,000-year-old artifact dating back to the pre-dynastic period of Egypt’s ancient history.
“The appearance of the mallet along with its design and the fact that it is plain with no hieroglyphic inscriptions indicate that it is older than what experts at the Natural History Museum might think it is,” Nour el-Din said.
“Mallets were used for hammering in dowels and other fixings, along with of several crafts such as boat building and furniture making. They were used with chisels to produce reliefs and inscriptions on the walls of temples and tombs,” he added.