NARC-180DE7: Neolithic Greenstone Adze

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Unique ID: NARC-180DE7

Object type certainty: Certain
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Part of an Early Neolithic greenstone adze blade, of sub-oval profile and lenticular section. The tool is polished on all surfaces, but has a number of damaged areas close to its edges, and is incomplete (the butt has broken away). Neither the blade edge nor the broken edge is still sharp. This adze fragment weighs 560g and measures 170mm in length, 101mm in width and 23.7mm in thickness. The complete tool would have been of considerable size. The stone is a blue-green colour and is likely to be a particular form of tuff known as 'greenstone', which has its source in Great Langdale (Lake District), Cumbria. Greenstone was particularly well-suited for the manufacture of polished axes and adzes,as well as rougher tools, and as a result greenstone objects were traded extensively across Great Britain and Ireland.

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: NEOLITHIC
Period from: NEOLITHIC
Date from: AD 3500
Date to: AD 2100

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 170 mm
Width: 101 mm
Thickness: 23.7 mm
Weight: 560 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 1st January 1990

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Steven Ashby
Identified by: Dr Steven Ashby

Materials and construction

Primary material: Igneous rock
Manufacture method: Knapped/flaked
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Northamptonshire (County)
District: South Northamptonshire (District)
Parish or ward: Old Stratford (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP7741
Four figure Latitude: 52.062036
Four figure longitude: -0.878253
1:25K map: SP7741
1:10K map: SP74SE
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Building work
Discovery circumstances: Ditch digging

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: NARC
Created: 11 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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