You know that weird chunk of metal you've been using as a paper weight? Well, it might be an ancient artifact that could score you some major cash. That was exactly the case for a UK farmer who found out that he had been using a Bronze Age artifact as a doorstop: a ceremonial dagger known as the Rudham Dirk.
The farmer discovered the dagger in 2002 on an East Rudham, Norfolk farm. In fact, he almost tossed out the valuable artifact before being encouraged by a friend to get it checked by archeologists.
The 27-inch, 4.1-pound Bronze Age artifact was purchased from the farmer by the Norwich Castle Museum for $64,000, where it is now on display. Thought to be nearly 3,500 years old, it's one of the few dirks found in Europe as others were discovered in France and Holland. Experts say that although they know the dagger was used in rituals, they can't say what kind of ceremonies they were.
Talk about sitting on a small fortune. Time to rifle through the shed! You never know what you'll find.