Wroot Neolithic Jadeite Axe

Contributed by North Lincolnshire Museum Service

Neolithic jadeite axehead from Wroot, Isle of Axholme. © North Lincolnshire Museum Service

When the Wroot Jadeite Axe was made people were burying their dead in long barrows.Jadeite does not occur in Britain and recent analysis has revealed that the stone was sourced from the North Italian Alps around 4300BC. The finished axe then made its way to North Lincolnshire around 3900BC. The axe was not intended for use and would have been a ritual object. It is thought that Neolithic peoples considered certain stones sourced from difficult to reach places, such as high up mountains, to have special supernatural powers. Perhaps they thought a little bit of that supernatural power would rub off on whoever owned a Jadeite Axe.

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