A Midland tourist is in line for a reward from the French state after he made what experts are calling a "remarkable archaeological discovery" while collecting seashells in Brittany.
Adam MacHale, a telecommunications engineer from Malvern, Worcestershire, was on holiday with his French girlfriend, Sonia Hoba, and his two children when he came across four Stone Age axe blades in the sea.
When he first spotted the blades, in the water off Petit-Rohu at Saint-Pierre-Quiberon, in August last year, Mr MacHale thought they were clam shells.
He told The Times: "I thought they were two edges of a clam shell and I was a bit nervous putting my hand down at first in case it snapped shut on me."
However, it has since been discovered that the long polished relics, made of green jadeite stone, date as far back as the Neolithic period.
When they realised the significance of their discovery, Mr MacHale, aged 38, and Ms Hoba, aged 34, donated the axes to the Carnac Museum of Prehistory in Brittany, which specialises in prehistoric rock architecture.
A spokeswoman for the museum yesterday said that the couple will receive a payment from the Ministry of Culture in France to thank them for handing in the find. …