NMGW-3BE8F8: Neolithic polished stone axe

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AXEHEAD

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

Chronology

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

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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

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Audit data

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

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