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Battleaxe from Stanton Moor.
Axehead
Previous owner: Previously owned by John Percy Heathcote , 1904 - (?)1981
Excavator: John Percy Heathcote , 1904 - (?)1981
Vendor: John Percy Heathcote , 1904 - (?)1981
Excavator: Joseph Clee Heathcote , 1874 - 1952
Material and Medium: Stone, dolerite
Dimensions: Length 115mm, width 53mm
Place Object Found: Derbyshire
Department: Archaeology
Accession Number: 1979.1089
Stone objects such as these are known as battleaxes. Battleaxes are found in Bronze Age burials in various parts of the country. Shapes and forms vary but all are made of stone and all have a hole through which the axehead would be hafted to a shaft. This is an Early Bronze Age form often found with cremations. This battleaxe was excavated from a cremation burial in a cairn on Stanton Moor in Derbyshire. Battleaxes are usually found with male burials. However, the cremated bones from this burial were those of a young woman who was about 20 years old.
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