Meet the five-year-old Indiana Jones

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A young boy who wants to emulate his hero Indiana Jones has made his first archaeological discovery - at the tender age of just four-years-old.

Max Farrow wants to be an archaeologist when he grows up and was, in his mother Joanna's words's “digging for tombs” in his back garden when he made his debut discovery.

He found a broken clay tobacco pipe which he was so pleased with he popped it into his toy box - where it remained for a year until he showed it to experts who revealed it was up to 300 years old.

Mrs Farrow, who lives in Elizabeth Fry Road, Norwich, with Max, his two-year-old sister Francesca and husband David, said her son was thrilled to learn it was so old.

She said: “He was digging around for Egyptian tombs in the back garden when he found it. He is obsessed with it and is always doing things like that. He wants to be an archaeologist when he grows up.

“It was about a year ago when he found it and it had been in his toy box ever since until we were up at the Castle Museum and he was pointing at some of the pipes they have on display there saying they were like his one.

“We took it to the museum study centre and they have told him it is between 250 and 300 years old, dating back to about 1750. He is really pleased with himself.”

The family plan to have the pipe framed and Mrs Farrow said her son, who visits the Castle Museum every week, hoped to make many more discoveries.

“We took him to see the Indiana Jones film the other week and he absolutely loved it. We took him to Egypt earlier this year to see the pyramids, which he had been going on about for about a year.”

The young explorer himself, who is now five-years-old and goes to Nelson Infant School in Northumberland Street, told the Evening News: “I want to be an Egyptologist when I grow up. The next thing I will be looking for in my back garden is for some pottery.”

Dr Adrian Marsden, finds officer based at the Shirehall in Norwich, dated Max's pipe to the middle of the 18th century. He said: “Once Walter Raleigh brought tobacco to England pipe production started in the 1600s. You can date them according to their size, because at first tobacco was very expensive so the pipes were quite small. They then got bigger as tobacco became cheaper.

“They turn up all over the country, and the one Max found could have been from somebody who went out into their garden for a smoke in the mid 18th century.

“We have a lot of keen youngsters in the county who often come to us to get their finds dated, but Max is among the youngest we have seen.”

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