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Polished axehead, made from epidorite
DERSB : 1979.491
Polished stone axehead found at Bee Low, Dove Holes, 6,000-4,000 years old. (Neolithic)
Stone axes were made to extremely high standards. It requires great skill and time to craft and finish objects from such hard material. Maintaining tools made them more efficient and long lasting. They grew smaller as they were sharpened and re-polished. They were cherished, traded and used over many generations.
Axes, and the raw material to make them, were traded and transported across Britain. This axe is made from epidorite from Cornwall. Other axes have been found from as far away as North Wales, Cumbria, Northern Ireland, and even Italy.
- Description: width 50mm; length 90mm; depth mm; diameter mm
- Rights: Creative Commons CC BY-NC 4.0 Buxton Museum and Art Gallery (part of Derbyshire County Council)