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Record ID: HESH-B4CA33
Object type: AXE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: County of Herefordshire
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A worn and abraded knapped, ground and polished axe / axehead of probable later Neolithic date (2900-2100 BC). The axe is knapped from a dark grey / black fine grained igneous rock most probably volcanic tuff. This rock type is formed from compressed volcanic ash and has a fine grained composition. The weight of this suggests a low level of iron / heavy metals within the matrix. Tuff is found in Britain and Ireland in a band that runs down the Irish Sea from the Lake District (the Langdale's source Group VI), County Antrim (Ireland), through North Wales (Graig Lwyd Group VII), and int…
Created on: Friday 15th June 2012
Last updated: Monday 3rd December 2018
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Record ID: HESH-F68E44
Object type: AXE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: County of Herefordshire
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A large fragment from a knapped, ground and polished stone axehead of later Neolithic date (2900-2100 BC). The axe is knapped from a dark grey black volcanic tuff. This rock type is formed from compressed volcanic ash and has a fine grained composition; there are no signs of inclusions within the exposed fresh surface, but the axe is very heavy for its size possibly suggesting large iron content. The broken edge is a much lighter colour to the polished surfaces. Tuff is found in Britain and Ireland in a band that runs down the Irish Sea from the Lake District (the Langdale's source Gr…
Created on: Monday 19th December 2011
Last updated: Wednesday 2nd May 2012
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Record ID: WMID-A01443
Object type: AXE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: County of Herefordshire
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A prehistoric stone axe of probable early Neolithic date. The axe has been made from a fine grained igneous rock, dark grey in colour with fine white inclusions. The axe has been manufactured by chipping and grinding. The chipping is predominantly associated with the lateral edges and the butt of the axe. The blade has been formed through grinding of the body of the axe. The axe is fairly crude and not nearly so finely finished as some Neolithic axes. This may perhaps indicate that it was intended to be purely functional and not intended to be used as a status symbol. Damage to the bl…
Created on: Thursday 17th June 2010
Last updated: Thursday 17th June 2010
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Record ID: HESH-792474
Object type: AXE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: County of Herefordshire
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A complete, but damaged, knapped (?), and ground axe head of probable later Neolithic date (2900-2100 BC). The axe is knapped from a mid brownish green black igneous rock, possibly a Gabbro. This rock could be knapped in a similar way to flint to form tools. However, the composition of the rock which forms the axe head is different to that of the majority of stone axe heads from the period. The axe head also has a thin seam of softer material probably a pyroxene inclusion. Pyroxene is common as an inclusion in many igneous rocks but is not often found in stone axe heads. The presence o…
Created on: Wednesday 25th January 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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