The chimpanzee was facing away from Lukas. He could see that whatever he had been digging for had been discovered. But the monkey swiftly stowed it away as the man circled him to see what was in his hands.
The chimpanzee had developed a sick fascination for this item, but when Lukas managed to steal a peek at the artifact, he was terrified for his life.
A Strange Job
Given his history, Lukas was aware that some people may have had second thoughts about his choice of profession. His mother was a art performer, and his father was a well-liked physician in their neighborhood.
He wanted to pursue a profession that he thought matched his requirements and ambitions, despite the fact that his parents had well regarded occupations. most people didn't comprehend something.
Living in Norway's Kristiansand was Lukas Karlsson. It was a tight-knit neighborhood where everyone was well acquainted. When his parents learned what he planned to accomplish, they weren't sure what to say because every family had a specific reputation to preserve.
Theater or medicine were not Lukas' areas of passion. He was fascinated by unusual creatures. Up until he went to the zoo, he would only get to view creatures from different continents on TV.
His Future Workplace
Lukas first became interested in unfamiliar animal species when he was a small child and went to the Kristiansand Zoo. He made the instantaneous decision to follow a passion that would allow him to become closer to them.
And after graduating from high school, he was offered a job at the same zoo he had frequented as a youngster, making his fantasies come true. But he had no clue how risky approaching these animals at this close range might be.
Even if most wouldn't have accepted his career, Lukas' parents did. By no means was it a glamorous profession. To make sure that tourists had the greatest time possible, he worked behind the scenes at the zoo.
He really adored being so near the animals. He had to clean up after them, but he also had the opportunity to feed them by hand. If only he had known that would be the cause of his failure.
Lukas enjoyed visiting one species in particular more than any other. He was aware that he would never get the opportunity to view it outside of Africa and Asia because it was an unusual species.
In reality, neither Norway nor the majority of Europe had anything quite like that. Chimpanzee was the culprit.
Isak was a chimpanzee who Lukas had fallen in love with. Ten years prior to Lukas beginning his employment there, he had been introduced to the zoo. The Kristiansand Zoo offered to take Isak in after poachers brutally killed his parents.
Isak would have been intimidated by the others because most zoos in Africa already house a large number of chimpanzees. But he was the sole one of his kind in Norway. But sooner or later, Lukas would find out that Isak was hiding something really bad.
A Strange Habit
For a few months, Lukas had been watching over Isak, feeding him, and developing a relationship with him. But shortly, his actions took an odd turn. He changed from being an upbeat chimpanzee to one that appeared to be determined and focused solely on digging.
It began modestly. He would use his bare hands to dig out some mud. Lukas dismissed it as him being bored or searching for worms. However, he would have made an effort to step in if he had understood the true cause.
The digging became a habit over the course of the following few weeks. Isak ate and slept very little. He had improved his tools and was just interested in digging. Instead of utilizing his hands, he was now making do with whatever he could find.
He just realized that a stick performed far better than his hands. He had begun to employ that to delve further than he had previously been able to. Lukas, though, wouldn't be prepared for the explanation.
Something Driving Him
Isak's eyes took on a new look. He was being consumed by a sinister fixation. Lukas questioned whether his bizarre behavior wasn't caused by a disease of some sort. He understood he had to step in.
Isak would have already found what he was looking for by the time Lukas gained authorization to enter his enclosure and see what he was doing. And Lukas' life would be altered forever.
The chimpanzee’s back was turned to Lukas. It was clear to him that he had found whatever he was digging for. But as he walked around the chimp to see what was in his hands, the chimp quickly hid it away.
This object had become the chimpanzee’s dark obsession, but as soon as Lukas managed to sneak a glance at the artifact it held, he feared for his life.
All Lukas could tell at first was that it was sharp. He moved back a bit to give Isak some room. He didn’t want to end up on the wrong end of the sharp object that he had. But when Isak noticed the fear in his zookeeper’s eyes, he decided to show him.
Isak opened his palm and showed it to Lukas. Lukas couldn’t believe what he was looking at. It had to be of Viking origin and at least 1000 years old.
The object was, in fact, an arrowhead. Lukas could tell that it was very old. It must have been long buried and forgotten before the zoo even existed. He imagined how it must have belonged to a Viking from centuries ago.
The Viking would have probably looked a lot like Lukas since Norway is one of the original settlements for the ancient people. Lukas knew he had to show someone what Isak had found.
Lukas knew that his chimp friend wouldn’t give up the arrowhead easily. He had been obsessed with finding it over the last few months that he wouldn’t just give it to him. But then Lukas thought of an idea.
He negotiated with Lukas. After an hour of coaxing with the best food the zoo could offer, Isak finally traded the arrowhead for a yellow bunch of bananas and other assorted fruit. Now Lukas could have the arrowhead examined.
A Special Artifact
Lukas had the arrowhead examined by a man named Bjorn Pederson from the University of Agder. He was a professor of archaeology and managed to tell him a few things about the object.
It was quite a special artifact. He told Lukas that it dates to the Iron Age, around 2000 years ago. It was 4.6 inches long and would have been a prized arrowhead for a hunter at the time. But now, Lukas was faced with a dilemma.
What Should He Do?
What would he do with the ancient artifact? Would he donate it to a museum, or would he keep it to himself as a souvenir? Besides, there was another possibility.
What if he sold it to some wealthy collector? Surely, there would be someone somewhere who would value having such an item in his home. After all, there weren't so many Scandinavian Iron Age artifacts around. So Lukas made a decision.
He took the arrowhead to an appraiser. After knowing how much the item could be worth in the collectors market, he would be in a better position to choose what he would do with it.
So he asked Pederson about a reliable appraiser. The professor sent him to Mr. Eriksen, a renowned archaeologist who got into the appraising business after getting burnt out with the academic world. Nothing could have prepared Lukas for what he was about to hear.
After examining the arrowhead for a while, Mr. Eriksen hit Lukas with the news: the arrowhead could be worth about $200,000 in the collectors market.
Lukas almost fainted on the spot when he heard this. That was more than what he would make in four years at his current job at the zoo! He had never had that type of money in his bank account.
He Called His Parents, But…
Now that he knew the item's worth, deciding what to do with it was even harder than before. $200,000! Who could have guessed that a chimpanzee's curiosity would give him access to such a fortune?
The first thing Lukas did when he got home was call his parents. He told them about his discovery and what the appraiser told him. But he didn't expect their reaction.
Right after they heard the details, they quickly encouraged him to sell it. "Don't be stupid," his dad said. "Think of all the things you could do with that kind of money."
"You could invest it, you could start a business. A business related to animals, if you want. Do you really want to keep getting paid peanuts at that zoo for the rest of your life?" he insisted.
He Didn’t Know What To Do
Lukas didn't know what to say. He was happy at his job, but his dad's words made him think. Every now and then, his dad let slip his dissatisfaction with Lukas' career choice.
He would make a comment, or huff and puff every time Lukas mentioned a story about his job or his measly salary. When it happened, Lukas felt a bit ashamed, like he was an underachiever. Maybe it was time for him to step up.
Selling It For A Good Reason
After thinking about it for a while, he decided to sell the item. However, the use he had in mind for the $200,000 didn't have anything to do with investments or starting a company.
After all, he was happy working among animals. He didn't see himself as a CEO or someone who made his wealth out of stock investments, but he knew what he wanted to do with the money.
Becoming A Scholar
Lukas decided that he would use the money to fund his studies. He would study for a zoology bachelor's degree in Oslo and then apply for a Ph.D. at an American university specializing in primatology.
That way, he would manage to devote his life to the study of apes, all the while making his parents proud. The next day, he talked about it to his parents, who enthusiastically agreed with his decision. Now, all he had to do was sell the arrowhead.
The Story Of Monty
This is not the first time something like this has happened. Sometimes, animals can be archeologists' best friends, and they can help them find unique ancient items that would otherwise have remained undiscovered forever.
Recently, a dog named Monty, who was out for a walk in the Czech village of Kostelecké Horky, found something that put the little town upside down. This is how it happened:
Pavel Frankota, a shepherd and father of three who has lived in the village of Kostelecké Horky for his entire life, was taking a walk around the countryside with his dog Monty.
He liked to wander around those fields. He went there even when he wasn't taking his cattle with him. He loved the sights, the peace and quiet that couldn't be found anywhere else. Little did he know what he was about to encounter.
At one point during their walk, Monty started acting strange. He stood still for a few seconds. He raised his ears and started barking at the air.
What could be going on? Pavel had never seen Monty act like that. Usually, he was a very easygoing dog and always stood calm and collected. However, there was a good reason for this strange behavior.
What Was The Matter?
"What's going on, Monty?" Pavel asked. The dog kept barking, standing still like a statue. Then, he started running.
Pavel ran after him, yelling the dog's name and telling him to stop. But Morty kept running in circles, stopping every now and then to keep running afterward; it seemed like the dog had his mind and senses set on something.
Eventually, Monty stopped at a particular spot in the field and just started digging. Pavel stood at a close distance, puzzled, as he watched his dog obsessively scraping into the soil.
He kept going at it for almost 30 minutes, to the point where the hole he was digging was nearly 3-feet deep. But after a while, he found what he was looking for. When he saw it, Pavel couldn't contain a gasp.
Bronze Age Items
At first, Pavel didn't really know what was in front of him; but he knew it was ancient. After he called the nearest museum, they told him what Monty had found: 13 sickles, 2 spear points, 3 axes, and several bracelets from the Bronze Age, all dating back nearly 3000 years.
Shortly after, archaeologist Martina Beková, from the Museum and Gallery of Orlické Mountains in Rychnov, undertook an exhaustive examination of the items. Her conclusions were astounding.
"The fact that there are so many objects in one place is almost certainly tied to an act of honoration, most likely a sacrifice of some sort."
"What particularly surprised us was that the objects were whole, because the culture that lived here at the time normally just buried fragments, often melted as well. These objects are beautiful, but the fact that they are complete and in good condition is of much more value to us."
In order to protect the privacy of those depicted, some names, locations, and identifying characteristics have been changed and are products of the author's imagination. Any resemblances to actual events or places or persons, living or dead, are entirely coincidental.