NLM-2B6FA8: Neolithic Polished Axe reworked

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Unique ID: NLM-2B6FA8

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Greenstone polished axe, reworked into waisted form. Polished Group 6 axehead fragment comprising a crescentic cutting edge and c.30mm of the original sides of the axe meeting its ends. Beyond this point, pecking has transformed a probable originally oval form of lentoid section by forming a marked waist or in-swing. This might have facilitated a tied fastening, though its security was perhaps compromised by loss or damage to the butt end, which is probably truncated and certainly fractured. The waisted form recurs on a polished axe dated to between the Later Neolithic and Early Bronze Age from Sandbach, Cheshire (LVPL-0E5426) whose illustration suggests manufacture from similar material. Suggested date: Neolithic (4000-2350 BC), with reworking probably in the later Neolithic (2700-2350 BC).

Length: 75.8mm, Width: 50.8mm, Thickness: 24.8mm, Weight: 124.19gms.

Class: Group 6
Evidence of reuse: reduced from lentoid to waisted form

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: NEOLITHIC
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: NEOLITHIC
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: NEOLITHIC
Date from: Circa 4000 BC
Date to: Circa 2350 BC
Period of reuse: NEOLITHIC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 75.8 mm
Width: 50.8 mm
Thickness: 24.8 mm
Weight: 124.19 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 4th March 2014

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Martin Foreman
Identified by: Mr Martin Foreman

Other reference numbers

Other reference: NLM25138

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lincolnshire (County)
District: West Lindsey (District)
To be known as: near Market Rasen

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Chance find during metal detecting
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Created: 5 years ago
Updated: 5 years ago

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