BERK-713A80: Neolithic axe: Polished axe

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Unique ID: BERK-713A80

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A complete flint? polished axehead dating to the Neolithic period (c. 4000-2500 BC). The axe is in very good condition and is of high quality. The stone is a mottled light grey and mid brown colour. The axe has side facets and a thin butt. It has been polished all over and the cutting edge has been resharpened and re-polished in antiquity after being damaged. An area of damage on one side was caused by the finder hitting it with a pickaxe when it was discovered some c. 60 years ago. This is a very nice example of a Neolithic polished axe.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: County / local importance

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Ashmolean Museum
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: 146 mm
Width: 65.6 mm
Thickness: 29.1 mm
Weight: 335.2 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 1st January 1958

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Miss Anni Byard
Identified by: Ms Alison Roberts

Other reference numbers

Other reference: OXPAS2018.297

Materials and construction

Primary material: Flint
Manufacture method: Knapped/flaked
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Oxfordshire (County)
District: Oxford (District)
Parish or ward: Headington (District Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP5307
Four figure Latitude: 51.75918634
Four figure longitude: -1.23350652
1:25K map: SP5307
1:10K map: SP50NW
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Building work
Discovery circumstances: Found by brother
Current location: Ashmolean Museum
General landuse: Other
Specific landuse: Built over

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: BERK
Created: 8 months ago
Updated: 8 months ago

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