Previous owner: Previously owned by
Date Made/Found: Around 2500 BC
, British, 1821 - 1861
Material and Medium: Deer antler
Dimensions: Length 7.6cm, width 7.2cm, diameter of hole 3cm
Accession Number: J93.569
Antler macehead found in a barrow at Liffs Low, Derbyshire. The macehead is made of antler, probably from a red deer. A large hole has been drilled through the macehead, this is where the handle would be fixed. The round end has been polished and the opposite end is decorated. The decoration is made of incised lines in a lattice pattern.
Antler maceheads can be difficult to date precisely. A technique called AMS dating has recently been used to try and date these kind of objects. This work suggests a date of around 3000 BC, meaning that this macehead is Neolithic in date.
The first known excavation of Liffs Low barrow was by Thomas Bateman on July 14th, 1843. This macehead was found during this excavation.
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