A hoard of finely polished stone axes found at Danesfort, on the Malone Road, Belfast. The axes were found during work on the land surrounding Danesfort House and some were found standing upright in the ground. The axes are made from a stone called porcellanite; the two main sources of this stone are located at Tievebulliagh Mountain, near Cushendall and at Brockley, on Rathlin Island, both in County Antrim. The axes are too large and heavy for practical use, so they are thought to have had a ceremonial purpose.
The Malone Hoard
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