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Record ID: WILT-2B594F
Object type: AXE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Dorset
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A complete flint axehead of late Neolithic date BC 3500-2100 with a polished tip. The axehead is drop shape in plan and ovate in section. The dorsal surface is invasively flaked across the entire surface. The proximal edge is ground and polished to create a precise cutting edge, there is some slight notching to the polished aspect of the edge. The distal end tapers into a narrowed profile, the end is abruptly blunted. The ventral surface is unflaked being the cortex. The blade has been polished, the remainder of the axehead has not. It is 129.12mm in length and 49.66mm in width. It we…
Created on: Friday 9th March 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 25th April 2018
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Record ID: HAMP-3CA7C5
Object type: AXE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
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The blade from a broken Late Bronze Age cast copper-alloy socketed axe. The cutting edge survives in full, with a minor old chip just off centre, in addition to part of the body defined by roughly straight cut. The damage means that only the end of the socket is visible. The surviving cross-section is sub-rectangular, with the sides expanding out towards the blade end. The fragment is triangular in profile, tapering from the body to the cutting edge. The cutting edge is defined by shallow bevelling over the last c. 11.8mm; the absolute cutting edge has been further sharpened. The beve…
Created on: Tuesday 24th August 2010
Last updated: Friday 8th October 2010
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Sturminster Marshall CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-180244
Object type: AXE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
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An fragment of copper alloy socketed axe. Part of the mouth only. A rectangular mouth with two moulded ridges around the rim and three longitudinal mouled lines on the body. Date: L ate Bronze Age - c. 1150 - 800 BC Dimensions: 25.59 mm x 39.02 mm x 9.85 mm Weight: 21.4 g
Created on: Monday 5th July 2010
Last updated: Friday 9th December 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Chickerell', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-AC80C0
Object type: AXE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A small fragment of cast copper alloy socketed axe. Part of the mouth of the socketed butt of the axe only. One corner of the rectangular or square mouth only remains. The mouth has a raised lip around the outside and there a traces of three cast longitudinal lines on the outer surface of the socket. Date: Late Bronze Age - c. 1150 to 800 BC Dimensions: 35.83 mm x 22.11 mm x 5.57 mm Weight: 12.86 g
Created on: Tuesday 16th February 2010
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: DOR-FD33F3
Object type: AXE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete and broken cast copper alloy looped palstave axe. The axe has broken some time in the past and is in two pieces. There is some damage to the blade and the flanges and septum are incomplete. Only the stub of the side loop remains. The axe has broken acroos the septum just in front of the stop ridges. Viewed at the break it can be seen that the casting was very bubbly, probably causing the weakness that caused the break to occur at this point. The axe has a well defined, rounded stop-ridge on both sides rising at right angles to the septum. The side flanges are too damaged…
Created on: Wednesday 9th December 2009
Last updated: Wednesday 25th May 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Littlebredy', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-FD23F7
Object type: AXE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete cast copper alloy looped palstave axe. There is some damage to the blade and the butt end is incomplete. The axe has a well defined, squared stop-ridge on both sides rising at right angles to the septum. The side flanges are high and lozenge shaped, tapering down to the septum at one end and decreasing height to form low side flanges to a point just above the cutting edge on both flat faces of the axe. On both faces there is a well defined mid rib running along the blade to stop in line with the end if the side flanges, behind the cutting edge. The cutting edge is cresce…
Created on: Wednesday 9th December 2009
Last updated: Wednesday 25th May 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Littlebredy', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NARC-FA5E66
Object type: AXE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A polished flint axe head dating to the early to mid Neolithic (BC 3500 - 2500). White flint with some grey mottling. The blade edge is 61mm wide, tapering down to a narrowed blunt end 30mm wide. The blunt narrow end is broken and chipped. The axe is approximately 130mm long. it is oval in section. There are no obvious signs that this particular axe was used for chopping or cutting, as the blade is very sharp with no signs of wear. On one side there are also two holes, caused by narural weakness in the flint. These holes are intriguing, as they would weaken the axe if used funct…
Created on: Wednesday 9th December 2009
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: DOR-360553
Object type: AXE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fragment of copper alloy axe, Middle to Late Bronze Age A fragment of a copper alloy implement. A small piece of the cutting edge, probably from an axe. It has a rectangular cross-section and tapers towards the cutting edge. Bronze Age Dimensions: 11.63 mm x 13.83 mm x 5.52 mm
Created on: Thursday 25th June 2009
Last updated: Monday 20th November 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Cerne Abbas', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-360023
Object type: AXE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fragment of palstave axe, Middle Bronze Age. A fragment of a palstave axe. A fragment from the butt of the axe . The terminal is rounded and the butt tapers towards it. It has a rectangular cross section. There is a slight projection at the side on one face of the object which is likely to be the start of a flange along the side of the axe. Dimensions: 19.08 mm x 23.27 x 7.03 mm
Created on: Thursday 25th June 2009
Last updated: Monday 20th November 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Cerne Abbas', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-35EBE4
Object type: AXE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fragment of socketed axe, Late Bronze Age. A fragment of a copper alloy socketed axe. One corner of the mouth only remains. It has a cast stepped collar and a slight internal lip. Fragment shows rib decorations. There is also a possible decorative longitudinal ridge on one face. Late Bronze Age. Dimensions: 36.92 mm x 24.79 mm x 8.07 mm
Created on: Thursday 25th June 2009
Last updated: Thursday 19th May 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Cerne Abbas', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-422514
Object type: AXE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Cast copper alloy flat axehead. The axe has very slight low flanges on both faces. There is a casting ridge along each side. The axe thins and flares out into a broad cutting edge which is slightly bevelled on both faces. It thins and tapers in the other direction to a rounded butt. The body of the axe is slightly thicker to at the centre than it is at the ends. The surface of the axe has several patches of light green corrosion and damage to the cutting edge, sides and butt. The rest of the surface has a smooth, dark green patina. This flanged example is characteristic of the Arreton …
Created on: Wednesday 19th November 2008
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: SUSS-94E832
Object type: AXE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Polished stone tool, probably an axe of Neolithic date. The tool is roughly trapizoid in plan and rectangular in section with slightly convex sides. The surface is covered in peck marks remaining from the shaping process and the blade and parts of the larger sides are polished. The butt is rough and broken suggesting the axe was once longer, in keeping with the proportions of other polished axes of this period. The blade is sharply angled in from the sides at c.60 degrees and meets in a 120 degree angle in the centre; it has a slight convex curve. The angle of the blade is much sharper…
Created on: Tuesday 11th November 2008
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: DOR-C5DF32
Object type: AXE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A small copper alloy unlooped palstave axe with a very short, flared blade. The cutting edge is crescentic. The axe is undecorated. There is a faint casting ridge along the centre of the sides of the flanges. The flanges are high, with the tops on one side being somewhat more worn and re-shaped than the other side. The blade is somewhat truncated compared to most axes of this type and the axe is smaller than usual overall. It has a rich blackish patina, although the parts of the surface are pitted and some of the edges are damaged. The palstave belongs to the Taunton phase of metalwork…
Created on: Monday 20th October 2008
Last updated: Wednesday 3rd April 2013
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Record ID: SOMDOR-53D9A7
Object type: AXE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
The pointed butt end of a Neolithic polished stone axe. The cutting end of the axe has snapped of in antiquity, possibly at a point of weakness visible in the break. The entire remaining fragment has a heavy patina of buff-brown colour with no recent damage precluding a view of the original colour of the flint. Because this is the butt end of the axe, the polishing has not penetrated into every flaked hollow leaving some neagtive flake scars. Butt ends were frequently left not fully polished, possibly to enable more secure hafting. The axe is of the thick butted type with a broad, len…
Created on: Monday 11th September 2006
Last updated: Wednesday 28th September 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Bradford Abbas', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOMDOR-BF4B72
Object type: AXE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Neolithic flint axe. Miniature polished flint axe. It is almost completely ground. A few flaking scars remain on one side. There are striations visible. It is a tapering shape with a broad cutting edge and narrow butt end. The butt end is rounded. In section it is gently convex in both planes but not very thick. The cutting edge is more polished than other areas and is convex. One face is completely polished, the other face retains traces of flaking scars along it's edges and at the butt, however there is polish in the flaking scars. It has a cream coloured patination with some greyer …
Created on: Friday 25th June 2004
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: SOMDOR-7F8A33
Object type: AXE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fragment of a cast copper alloy axe blade of Middle to Late Bronze Age date. It is not possible to establish whether it is from a palstave or a socketed axe because there only 20mm remains of the length.
Created on: Monday 29th March 2004
Last updated: Thursday 2nd February 2017
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Record ID: SOMDOR1764
Object type: AXE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Large flaked axe. Rough-out for polishing. Light grey flint with frequent darker grey and white mottles and patches. Thick white and greyish patina with iron staining at the edges of the flaking scars. Butt and cutting edge have been broken off in recent times (?plough damage). The axe is a long, gently flaring shape and is extensively flaked on both surfaces. It is a pointed oval in cross section. Both sides have a longitudinal ridge (off-centre) from which the flakes were removed.
Created on: Thursday 27th March 2003
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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