Road workers smash 1,000-year-old monument

A NORWEGIAN northern county has begun proceedings to sue a Norwegian government sub-contractor for destroying a 1,000-year-old ancient stone during a roadside project in Nordland.

The culture protection chief of Nordland county will take Mesta AS to court for overturning the six-meter tall stone, as workers cleared a road in Steigen.

Egil Murud, culture protection chief, said to NRK: "We finished writing the report [on Wednesday] and will deliver it today."

In mid-June a local sub-contractor employed by Mesta smashed the monumental stone on Engeløya island, 1,300 kilometres north of Oslo. The stone was overturned by an edge-cutter machine, used for clearing weeds and grass.

The stone, known as a long stone due to its imposing height, dates back more than 1,000 years. It stood on a grave field and was likely a marker of graves or used as a border stone between settlements. The stone broke into three parts during the accident.

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