An Ashbee Type I Axehammer

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An Ashbee Type I Axehammer

This object was found in an East Anglian orchard in 1983. It shows that there was an agricultural community in this area that used these tools for land clearance in the late Neolithic/Bronze Age, which saw the introduction of farming to the area. It is thought, however, that the stone originated in Wales, the Lake District or Cornwall and is of the same type used in the building of Stonehenge. There was, apparently, a certain amount of trade between these regions. These objects are said to have been highly prized.

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