NLM-E333DB: Neolithic Polished Axehead, modified

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POLISHED AXEHEAD

Unique ID: NLM-E333DB

Object type certainty: Certain
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Stone polished axe head. A grey-green fine-grained volcanic tuf, here taken to be from Langdale, Cumbria, formed into a polished Group 6 axe head of oval form and section. The finder kindly notes this rounded section contrasts with the facetted edges seen on other examples from the vicinity. Some small chips or surface irregularities may have been inflicted and rubbed down before or during the working life of the axehead. The narrow butt is lightly battered. The primary use as an axe, however, ended with the controlled removal of the cutting edge from the broader end either by battering, which has left traces on either side at the broad end matching those at the other, and also by three precisely delivered drafts removing larger flakes. The cutting edge was thereby replaced by a blunted rounded surface. Deep cracks on one side of the axe head may also relate to this episode. Though the final form could simply be the result of inept and incorrect use, the precision with which the modifications appear to have been implemented may recall the [usually] later ritual practice of 'killing' objects immediately before their deposition, and also betrays an effective knapping technique. This unusual evidence for reuse in antiquity commends the object as a find of modest note. Suggested date: Neolithic, 4000-2350 BC

Length: 110.7mm, Width: 56mm, Thickness: 36.1mm, Weight: c.310gms

Find of note status

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

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 2350 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 110.7 mm
Width: 56 mm
Thickness: 36.1 mm
Weight: 310 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 10th December 2018

Personal details

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

Other reference numbers

Other reference: NLM41039

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 Barnetby le Wold

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: Centred on field
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Updated: 14 days ago

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