WWII metal detecting leads to discovery of medieval axes

A group of Polish engineers, tasked with finding and disposing of World War II artillary shells in the Forest District Wipsowo, have discovered the heads of three Teutonic battle axes, dating to the late Middle Ages. (photo)

The artifacts were found using metal detectors among the roots of a tree. "It can be assumed that this is a deposit that someone left for better times. Perhaps the person fled, hid the weapons and never returned to this place," said Agata Trzop-Szczypiorska. The axes will be donated to the Museum of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn.