One of the ancient wooden water wells in eastern Germany, built by farmers from hollowed-out tree trunks. Photo: SCMP

First farmers crafted ancient water wells without metal tools

The people who lived in eastern Germany around 7,000 years ago are thought to have been some of the first farmers.

Now, new archaeological evidence suggests they were also skilled woodworkers, crafting intricate water wells some 2,000 years before metal tools were forged in Europe.