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Porcellanite axe head
DERSB : 1979.508
Polished stone axehead found in Deepdale, 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. Stone axes 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 a local chert, but others in the museum's collections are from as far away as Cumbria, Cornwall, North Wales, Northern Ireland, and even Italy.