Axe roughout, Flake, Hammerstone
Material and Medium: greenstone, stone
Dimensions: Axehead roughout on display: 225mm x 116mm x 60mm
Accession Number: X1975.655
This is a stone axehead roughout. It was found with other stone obects in Great Langdale, Cumbria. People began to use new types of objects in the Neolithic period. Polished stone axes were made in their thousands.
Making a stone axe was a slow process. Polishing one could take days. Only a smooth cutting edge was needed for an effective axe so fully polished axes must have been valued for their looks.
Stone would be shaped into roughouts before further working and polishing. Particular sources of stone were often preferred. Great Langdale in Cumbria has one such Neolithic ‘axe factory’. Hundreds of axehead roughouts have been found there.
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