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    • Object type: AXEHEAD

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Record ID: NMGW-A2177B
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Powys
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Neolithic polished stone axehead dating from c. 3,500 to 2,200 BC date. The axehead is complete and is comparatively small (with a length of 109.0mm and a weight of 146.2g). The butt is comparatively wide (at 35mm), giving the axe a trapezoidal form and has a very gentle curve. The sides are straight and gradually divergent, reaching a maximum width (of 45.5mm) at the blade. Both faces are deeply convex giving the axe a pointed-oval body section. The axe reaches its maximum thickness (of 23.2mm) near the blade edge (27mm from the edge). The axe was flaked and then partially polis…
Created on: Tuesday 10th February 2015
Last updated: Thursday 19th February 2015
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Record ID: NMGW-4B403A
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Conwy
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Neolithic stone axehead, complete (with a length of 142.8mm and a weight of 536.3g) and has a consistent polish which has removed all the shaping, presumably through pecking. The butt is blunt and has an even curve (45mm wide). Both sides are straight and gradually divergent to the blade. The axe has a pointed elliptical body section and reaches a maximum thickness (of 35.3mm) approximately one third of the length from the blade (53mm from the blade). The blade is moderately rounded (and has a width of 80.4mm). The blade retains its edge and has a number of small nicks. Geological …
Created on: Tuesday 25th November 2014
Last updated: Thursday 4th December 2014
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Record ID: NMGW-335F61
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Cumbria
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Neolithic worked stone possibly an axehead rough-out or crude scraper, probably dating between c. 3500 - 2100BC The worked stone is complete (with a length of 136.8mm, a maximum width of 111.3mm, a maximum thickness of 50mm and a weight of 999.8g). The stone is a fine-grained greenstone from the 'Langdale axe factory' (Group VI) and has been partially shaped by flaking, mostly around the edges. The stone is sub-rounded, consistent with water rolling.
Created on: Wednesday 12th November 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 12th November 2014
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Record ID: NMGW-333716
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Worcestershire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Neolithic polished stone axehead, probably dating between c. 3500 - 2100BC The axehead is comparatively small (with a length of 78.0mm and a weight of 120.8g). The butt (with a width of 31.0mm) is convex and may have been reworked. The sides are straight and gradually divergent to the blade edge (with a width of 58.7mm). There is some polishing on the sides, which are slender. The faces are convex, producing a pointed oval body section, with a maximum thickness (of 20.3mm) near the middle (35mm from the blade edge). The blade edge is moderately straight and displays evidence of con…
Created on: Wednesday 12th November 2014
Last updated: Thursday 4th December 2014
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Record ID: NMGW-906A4F
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Neolithic flaked and polished stone axe, c. 3500 - 2100BC The axe is near-complete (with a length of 164mm and a weight of 381.9g) with a few recent flaking scars and some rounding through water-rolling. The butt is narrow and moderately straight (with a width of 24mm). Both sides are convex, reaching their widest position (of 58.7mm) close the blade edge (46mm from the edge). The widest point is also close to the point of maximum thickness of the axe (at 31.0mm, 54mm from the blade edge). Both faces are convex across both their lengths and widths, with remnants of partially ground…
Created on: Thursday 23rd October 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 27th September 2016
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Record ID: NMGW-3BE8F8
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Neath Port Talbot
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Neolithic polished stone axehead, dating from c. 4000 - 2500BC The axe is complete but may have a reworked butt and may originally have been longer (with a length of 124.5mm and a weight of 667g). The axe has been pecked to shape with selective polishing, principally along the blade. The oval butt (45mm wide and 32mm thick) is flat but is bevelled from one face to the other and is coarser than the faces, appearing less finished. The sides of the axe are straight and gradually divergent to the blade edge (with a blade width of 83.2mm). The axe has an oval body section (with a maximu…
Created on: Tuesday 7th October 2014
Last updated: Monday 9th February 2015
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Record ID: NMGW-FFA443
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Pembrokeshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Polished stone axehead recorded at the Hidden Treasure Finds Day at the National Museum & Gallery, Wales. The axe is complete and is a comparatively large example. Evidence of shaping via pecking is evident over areas of the axe, particularly around the sides of the face. The remainder of the faces are polished. The axehead is of oval section, with gently convex sides. The butt is short and slightly angled (c. 5-10 degrees) from the vertical axis of the axehead. The blade is curved and has retained its sharp edge. One of the faces is slightly dished, probably because of the shape of th…
Created on: Friday 17th October 2003
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: NMGW-DE9E23
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Pembrokeshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Butt fragment of a Neolithic stone axehead. The surface of the axe was ground or pecked, rather than polished. The axehead is made from an altered coarse dolorite, which is highly chloritic. The rock is likely to have originated from West Wales and is similar to sources which outcrop locally. The axehead has a pointed butt and rounded sides, which gently diverge. A little less than half of the original length survives. One of the faces shows evidence of damage through flaking, it is not clear whether this damage occurred in antiquity or more recently.
Created on: Monday 16th June 2003
Last updated: Tuesday 27th September 2016
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Record ID: NMGW3214
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Pembrokeshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Black stone axe head. Neolithic period. The stone is fine grained and probably of igneous or metamorphic type. The polishing was never finished. Uncertain source - probably not from Pembrokeshire. Length 110mm, width of head 55mm, weight 12ozs.
Created on: Thursday 14th June 2001
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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