This ancient wood is between 4-6,000 years old! It started life as an Oak tree, living for hundreds of years before climiate change swamped their enviroment. These trees fell to the rising water table, and became buried in the bogs of peat which took them over. Those same peat bogs did something rather remarkable however, preserving them from decay, instead pickeling them and leaving them in a suspended state. To put it in perspective, these oaks were grown while the Egyptians were building the pyramids! Their dark rich brown to black color is the effect of the tannins in acidic water, which stained and preserved the wood.