DENO-2FF205: Neolithic disc-shaped stone mace head.

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Unique ID: DENO-2FF205

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Mesolithic-Neolithic perforated object. Circular stone disc with central perforation. The perforation has a slightly "hour-glass" profile, although this is not marked (c.14mm narrowing to c.11.5mm at the centre). The stone does not appear to be quartzite, (the usual stone for these objects), but appears to be a very fine grained, apparently sedimentary rock (sandstone?), with some mica, a slightly orangey-buff coloured where fresh rock is exposed. There is an area of dark staining at one edge, with an associated shallow chip on one surface; there is also more recent slight damage around the rim of the perforation on one side. Diameter 47.97mm, thickness 14.5mm, minimum internal diameter of hole 11.5mm, weight 47.10g. Evans 1872 ("The Ancient Stone Implements, Weapons and Ornaments of Great Britain", London, p204-5, fig 157) publishes a similar disc-shaped "perforated hammer", 3 inches diameter, found at Stifford near Gray's Thurrock, and originally published in the Archaeological Journal (Vol xxvi p190). The British Museum catalogue of Stone Age Antiquities (1926, BM, p107, fig 105) also publishes a circular quartzite mace-head of similar size, from the Thames, and notes that the way of distinguishing between Neolithic and Bronze Age perforated weapons is "hour-glass" perforations during the Neolithic [and earlier], and cylindrical perforations during the Bronze Age.

Find of note status

This has been noted as an interesting find by the recorder.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MESOLITHIC
Period from: MESOLITHIC
Period to: NEOLITHIC
Date from: 8300 BC
Date to: 2100 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 14.5 mm
Weight: 47.1 g
Diameter: 47.97 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 1st March 2006

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Rachel Atherton
Identified by: Ms Rachel Atherton

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Derby E5091

Materials and construction

Primary material: Stone
Manufacture method: Ground/polished
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Nottinghamshire (County)
District: Newark and Sherwood (District)
To be known as: Caunton

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

References cited

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