5,000-year-old oak tree crafted into table for Queen Elizabeth

Local craftspeople fabricated wood from a 5,000-year-old black oak

into a 42-foot-long table for Queen Elizabeth, honoring the British queen’s 70th

year as monarch. Black oak is among the rarest hardwoods native to Britain.

After discovering the tree buried beneath farmland in Norfolk in 2012, a group

of privately-funded carpenters took 10 years to complete

the massive table which received a Guiness World Record.

Thousands of years ago, it is believed that rising sea levels in the region

caused the tree to fall to the flooded forest floor, where it was buried and preserved in the peat.

Queen Anne unveiled the table  earlier this year at the Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire. It will remain there until March of 2023.