Neolithic Handaxe

Contributed by BBC Coventry and Warwickshire

Found by Brian Pollard in a field in Honiley, Warwickshire. It was made in the quarries of Penmaenmawr in North Wales, of a sedimentary rock similar to slate.

This handaxe was probably the main tool for domestic activities like chopping or breaking, and it could also have been used as a weapon.

It makes you think about the active trade that must have been happening across the country at that time- it obviously travelled about 150 miles from where it was made. It also tells a story about the really quite sophisticated technology that would have been used for collecting the stone and polishing it to manufacture this tool.

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