Date Made/Found: 8000-4000 BC
Material and Medium: Stone (cherty)
Dimensions: Length 144mm, width 64mm, depth 38mm
In the Mesolithic period, hunter-gatherers moved around the landscape looking for food rather than settling in one place. They hunted animals and gathered plants to eat. Daily life was shaped by the need to survive. Exploiting the world around them, they made tools and shelters from natural materials.
Simple axes like this were used to clear vegetation and build structures. It dates from the Mesolithic period when people were not yet farming but they were manipulating the landscape. It was found in Kenslow, Derbyshire.
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