A ground stone battle axe, probably of Scandinavian origin and dating from the Neolithic period.
The axe, which survives intact, is of flattened-oval section, tapering to a wedge-shaped, downward-curving blade. The cylindrical socket is located close to the butt of the axe, where there is a rearward, hammer-like projection of circular section. The tool has been made from a medium-textured grey stone with a strand-like structure. Orangey-brown deposits on the surface of the implement are probably the result of the tool having been deposited in a wet environment.
Length: 147.8mm; width: 45.3mm; height: 30.7mm; diameter of perforation: 17.4mm. Weight: 294.66g.
The form of this implement, and the type of stone employed, suggest a non-British origin. The closest parallels that could be found are in a group of Danish axes in the collections of the Lord McAlpine, dated early to mid 3rd millennium BC, and products of the Northern European 'Corded Ware/Battle Axe' Culture (MacGregor ed. 1987: 75, cf. nos. 4.178 and 4.179). It is uncertain as to whether this battle axe is a contemporary loss or a more recent import.
Find of note status
This is a find of note and has been designated: County / local importance
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
Subperiod from: Middle
Period from: NEOLITHIC
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: NEOLITHIC
Date from: Circa 3000 BC
Date to: Circa 2500 BC
Dimensions and weight
Length: 147.8 mm
Height: 30.7 mm
Width: 45.3 mm
Weight: 294.66 g
Каменный нож, мезолит Ирландии retouched point Prospecthill (PL)