Hand axes from the Ice Age have been dragged up from the North Sea, just off Great Yarmouth. The 28 hand-axes are over 100,000 years old and were found along with bones and teeth in gravel dredged from the sea floor.
Dutch amateur archaeologist Jan Meulmeester collected the axes over a three month period but only recently realised their significance.
Phil Harding of Wessex Archaeology and Channel 4’s Time Team, an expert on the Ice Age, said: 'These finds are massively important. The hand-axes would have been used by hunters in butchering the carcasses of animals like mammoths.'
Ian Oxley, Head of Maritime Archaeology at English Heritage, said: 'These are exciting finds. We know people were living out there before Britain became an island but sites actually proving this are rare.'