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Record ID: SF199
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Large iron adze; tapering hole through haft-end to secure wooden handle (accompanied by several small fragments of mineralised wood); long tapering blade worn at tip.
Created on: Thursday 16th September 1999
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'SUFFOLK BATTISFORD', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NCL-9F3A20
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Northumberland
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Iron head of an Adze, heavily corroded, dating from any point in the Roman to Modern periods. In plan, the adze has a trapezoidal head with a projecting base. In profile the adze is triangular with a gentle curve. The projecting base that fits into a haft is subsquare in section while the main blade of the tool is rectangular in section. The edge is more extensively worn in one corner, and this wear combined with the curvature of the blade indicates that the user was probably right-handed.
Created on: Wednesday 21st March 2012
Last updated: Monday 26th March 2012
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Record ID: KENT-32EBB3
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete cast copper alloy adze of uncertain date. It is subrectangular in section and in plan and tapered in profile. The end tapers towards a bevelled edge and curves slightly downwards. There is a large oval perforation in the centre . From the perforation, the sides expand towards working edge. There is an old break, which runs at a 45 degree angle from the side of the adze near the upper part of the perforation towards the working edge. It is in fair condition, with a light green patina. It measures 59.22 mm L x 23.58 mm W x 7.75 mm TH x 15.98 mm DIA (of perforation) a…
Created on: Wednesday 28th September 2011
Last updated: Wednesday 5th October 2011
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Record ID: DUR-032171
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper alloy adze dating from the Roman period to the post medieval period. The object is sub-rectangular in plan with a square perforation. The object tapers to a point after the perforation. The object is thickest around the hole taper to a blade at the wider end. There is a slight bulge in plan around the hole. Part of a similar object has been recorded on the PAS database, KENT-32EBB3.
Created on: Wednesday 11th September 2013
Last updated: Wednesday 11th September 2013
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Record ID: LANCUM-C62D81
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Gloucestershire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A cast lead miniature adze of a probable Roman date. The adze is sub-triangular in plan and the cutting edge is slightly curved and has been damaged in antiquity. The opposite end is blunt and flat. The circular perforation is slightly off centre. Most of the object is coated in a light grey patina with light brown patches. Length: 20mm, thickness: 10mm, weight: 5mm.
Created on: Friday 25th March 2011
Last updated: Thursday 6th October 2011
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Record ID: HESH-69A2A6
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Shropshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Encrusted iron adze of probable post medieval date (1550-1750). The adze is broadly sub-rectangular in plan with a splayed blade at one end and rounded butt at the other. The butt is finished with a cylindrical projection which may have acted as a hammer. From this projecting butt the axe expands forming a relatively straight sided blade which flares at the base forming a crescent shaped blade. In profile the adze tapers from a thickened butt to the cutting edge. The adze is pierced just below the butt with the shaft hole which is broadly sub-rectangular in shape and regular in width. …
Created on: Wednesday 4th June 2008
Last updated: Sunday 24th July 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Ellesmere', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: CORN-FF4101
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Stone adze, triangular in plan, lozenge-shaped in profile and oval in section. The adze is smaller and narrower than local examples, and the angle of the asymmetrical blade is steeper than on indigenous stone adzes. The adze is composed of a uniform fine-grained dark green rock with some patches of dark red mottling. Examination under a binocular microscope (x20-40) shows the rock to be slightly translucent with little textural detail or internal structure. Such textural detail as can be seen is suggestive a fine-grained volcanic ash. It is likely that the rock is not local to the sou…
Created on: Thursday 17th October 2013
Last updated: Thursday 17th October 2013
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Record ID: DUR-DFD949
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Stockton-on-Tees
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A polished adze head, of unusual type and unknown origin. The polished adze or axe head is made of a dark grey-green, dense, probably volcanic, stone which has been ground and polished. The stone is possibly a type of greenstone called argillite, soft enough to shape yet durable in use.The object has an unusual profile, being quadrangular in shape with a wide, tapered flat form. There is a single curved bevel, the edge of which remains complete and sharp. The head tapers towards the 'pecked' butt which shows some damage, revealing the rough texture of the original stone. The object s…
Created on: Monday 23rd October 2017
Last updated: Friday 21st December 2018
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Record ID: SWYOR-A20C17
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Part of an iron blade possibly from a adze, although it is unusually flat, or perhaps a mattock. The tool is 143.47mm long, 97.85mm wide and 11.77mm thick. The sub-rectangular blade has a convex cutting edge which does not project to the sides. The opposite end is broken off, so the orientation of any socket is not known. The side near the break curve inwards. The uniformity of the metal suggests a post medieval date.
Created on: Wednesday 24th September 2008
Last updated: Friday 8th February 2019
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: NLM5632
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Neolithic flint adze, knapped and partly polished.
Created on: Thursday 4th October 2001
Last updated: Wednesday 6th December 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'LINCOLNSHIRE WELTON LE MARSH', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SWYOR-FE73F2
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Neolithic flint adze. The adze has one convex worked side with the other side being flatter (but also worked). The tool is oval shaped in plan (and semi-circular in section) with the working end widening slightly. The other narrower end of the adze would have been hafted into a wooden handle and it would have functioned as a heavy-duty tool for cutting trees and woodworking. The adze weighs 159.95g and measures 118.5mm in length, 46mm in width and 27mm in thickness.
Created on: Monday 28th June 2004
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'York', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LVPL-0E5426
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Cheshire West and Chester
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A polished flint Duggleby Adze of Neolithic date. The object has convex cutting edge and a rounded narrower end. Both ends of the adze have been made into a blade edge. The sides taper inwards from the narrowed end before flaring outwards again towards the wider cutting edge forming slightly concave or 'waisted' sides. The adez has been made from an orangey-brown (almost toffee) flint which has been polished all over to give it the smooth surface. There are some white inclusion in the flint, perhaps fossils or minerals. The object has an assymetrical cross-section typical of a Dugg…
Created on: Monday 2nd April 2007
Last updated: Wednesday 22nd July 2015
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Record ID: NARC-180DE7
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Northamptonshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Part of an Early Neolithic greenstone adze blade, of sub-oval profile and lenticular section. The tool is polished on all surfaces, but has a number of damaged areas close to its edges, and is incomplete (the butt has broken away). Neither the blade edge nor the broken edge is still sharp. This adze fragment weighs 560g and measures 170mm in length, 101mm in width and 23.7mm in thickness. The complete tool would have been of considerable size. The stone is a blue-green colour and is likely to be a particular form of tuff known as 'greenstone', which has its source in Great Lang…
Created on: Tuesday 26th June 2007
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: SWYOR-2F26B7
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fragment of an early Neolithic polished stone tool – either an adze or axehead. The tool has been ground so that the areas of surface still surviving are smooth. There are quite large areas of damage on the tool; the blade edge is completely missing making the original size of the tool difficult to interpret. The tool weighs 146.77g and measures 83.95mm in length, 43.71mm in width and 26.87mm in thickness.
Created on: Friday 17th June 2005
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Saxton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: BERK-F92266
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Neolithic adze or chisel. This tool has roughly parallel sides with a narrowed butt end. The cutting edge is flatter and more narrow than the rest of the body. A core tool, this artefact shows roughed-out reduction along the bifacial plane and some finishing retouch along the bilateral edges. The adze or chisel is lenticular in section and retains a small percentage of cortex on the dorsal surfaces. Some recortication may be developing. This adze or chisel measures 152.43mm in length, 35.57mm in width and is 29.83mm thick. It weighs 201.7gms.
Created on: Wednesday 10th June 2009
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Binfield Heath', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: CORN-024454
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Incomplete greenstone (epidiorite) cushion macehead or shafthole adze, sub-oval in plan, tapering slightly towards the surviving end, and lozenge-shaped in profile and section. About half of the adze remains, including the blade end, and half of the shaft hole. Both ends would have been worked to form an edge which could have been used for chopping as well as hammering. The implement has been worked from a beach cobble and would have been collected from the coast. It would have then been pecked and ground into shape and the central hole bored by using sand and a drill.…
Created on: Tuesday 23rd June 2009
Last updated: Saturday 12th March 2011
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Record ID: CORN-30D0E1
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Incomplete metagabbroic greenstone adze, which has been petrologically analysed by Dr. Roger Taylor as part of the Clodgy Moor Project. More than half of the adze remains, including the blade end, and the recorder cannot be sure from the broken butt end how long the adze originally was, but it is tapering towards the butt end. The adze is tear-shaped in plan and plano-convex in profile and in section. The distinct curvature of one side of the blade, while the other side is flat, suggests that the implement was used as an adze. There are several fresh breaks to the adze which have pr…
Created on: Monday 1st June 2009
Last updated: Tuesday 7th February 2012
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Record ID: CORN-30EF13
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Incomplete gabbroic greenstone cushion macehead or shafthole adze, sub-oval in plan, tapering slightly towards the surviving end, and lozenge-shaped in profile and section. About half of the adze remains, including the blade end, and half of the shaft hole. Both ends would have been worked to form an edge which could have been used for chopping as well as hammering. The implement has been worked from a beach cobble and would have been collected from the coast. It would have then been pecked and ground into shape and the central hole bored by using sand and a drill. The shaft is 25 m…
Created on: Monday 1st June 2009
Last updated: Wednesday 7th November 2012
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Record ID: DEV-1E4D40
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Devon
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Prehistoric flint end scraper which has been re-used as an adze. Significant damage at the end of of the scraper suggests secondary use as an adze. (pers comm, Bruce Bradley 27/3/12). The flint is black in colour with small amounts of small grey flecks. The cortex still remains on a small proportion of the surface.
Created on: Tuesday 27th March 2012
Last updated: Monday 12th November 2012
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Record ID: NARC-4BDA95
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Northamptonshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A complete Neolithic adze (2700 BC - 2200 BC). The adze is bi-facially worked and sub-triangular in plan, with slightly concave sides. There are multiple flaking scars on both the dorsal and ventral sides. There is approximately 5% cortex still remaining on the upper face and narrow edge. The upper face of the object has a light grey colour, and a mottled dark grey colouring on the flatter underside. The condition of the flint is excellent, and is only slightly worn. The edges are still sharp. A similar artefact can be viewed at SUSS-275044. Recorded by Stephanie Smith, this …
Created on: Thursday 15th May 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 4th June 2014
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