Neolithic Stone Axe

Contributed by andrew

This Neolithic stone axe was found within a prehistoric pit at Clifton (Worcestershire) during an archaeological project in 2006. The axe itself is beautifully made of polished stone and is very smooth and tactile. The axe came from North Wales and would have been traded south, probably along the route of the River Severn. It would have been used to create clearings within the dense prehistoric woodland to provide agricultural land, during a period in British history when people began to significantly alter the environment. The axe was deposited with 5 more axes, numerous flint tools, pottery and a large collection of barley grains and crab apple remains in 2900-2600 BC. It is thought the objects were ritually deposited by a local nomadic community to signify the end to a period of occupation and to guarantee their return.

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Graig Lwyd in the Penmaenmawr area


2900-2600 BC


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