Previous owner: Previously owned by
Date Made/Found: Around 2500 BC
, British, 1821 - 1861
Material and Medium: Flint
Dimensions: Other: 5.8cm (2 5/16in.)
Axehead found in a barrow at Liffs Low, Derbyshire. This polished axehead is a typical Neolithic object. It is often seen by archaeologists as a indicator of Neolithic activity and similar examples are found all over the country.
Traditionally axeheads are thought to have been used for chopping down trees. They were fixed onto a haft for use. The early farmers cleared the natural woodland to make fields. However, axeheads may have had other uses. They could be used for digging up plants, or even as the blade on an early type of plough. Some of them are very finely made. They may never have been used. Some archaeologists think they were symbolic objects, used in rituals and ceremonies.
The first known excavation of Liffs Low barrow was by Thomas Bateman on July 14th, 1843. This object were found during this excavation.
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