NMGW-3BE8F8: Neolithic polished stone axe

Rights Holder: Wenke Domscheit
CC License:

Image use policy

Our images can be used under a CC BY attribution licence (unless stated otherwise).


Unique ID: NMGW-3BE8F8

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Neolithic polished stone axehead, dating from c. 4000 - 2500BC

The axe is complete but may have a reworked butt and may originally have been longer (with a length of 124.5mm and a weight of 667g). The axe has been pecked to shape with selective polishing, principally along the blade. The oval butt (45mm wide and 32mm thick) is flat but is bevelled from one face to the other and is coarser than the faces, appearing less finished. The sides of the axe are straight and gradually divergent to the blade edge (with a blade width of 83.2mm). The axe has an oval body section (with a maximum thickness of 42.9mm). The blade edge has an even curve (25mm deep) and is highly polished with polishing striations evident running along the blade.

It has not been possible to obtain a detailed geological identification of the stone type but the stone is black and igneous and may be an ophitic dolerirte.

The axe is not very weathered and is not water-rolled with a comparatively sharp blade edge. If retrieved from a marine context, the axe would have eroded out of its context recently. There is a recent line of white paint near the blade on one face.

Class: Polished stone axe

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: NEOLITHIC
Period from: NEOLITHIC
Period to: NEOLITHIC
Date from: Circa 4000 BC
Date to: Circa 2500 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 124.5 mm
Width: 83.2 mm
Thickness: 42.9 mm
Weight: 667 g

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Miss Wenke Domscheit
Identified by: Mr Mark Lodwick

Other reference numbers

Other reference: NMWPA 2013.7

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Wales (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Neath Port Talbot (Unitary Authority)
District: Neath Port Talbot (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Sandfields West (Community)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SS7591
Four figure Latitude: 51.60392296
Four figure longitude: -3.8063411
1:25K map: SS7591
1:10K map: SS79SE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

References cited

No references cited so far.

Similar objects

Find number: NMGW-906A4F
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broadperiod: NEOLITHIC
Neolithic flaked and polished stone axe, c. 3500 - 2100BC The axe is near-complete (with a length of 164mm and a weight of 381.9g) with a …
Workflow: PublishedFind published

Find number: NLM-B321A4
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broadperiod: NEOLITHIC
Dark grey igneous stone with black inclusions, possibly from Scotland Axe head. Polished stone axe head of sub-rectangular form and sectio…
Workflow: PublishedFind published

Find number: NMGW-4B403A
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broadperiod: NEOLITHIC
Neolithic stone axehead, complete (with a length of 142.8mm and a weight of 536.3g) and has a consistent polish which has removed all the sha…
Workflow: PublishedFind published

Timeline of associated dates

Audit data

Recording Institution: NMGW
Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 4 years ago

Other formats: this page is available as qrcode json xml geojson pdf rdf representations.