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|Description ||Close up of beautiful serpentine neolithic highly polished (understatement) point butted axe head sitting in the bowl of the Fyfield Down polissoir. The stone is as smooth as the axe. Final polishing possibly completed using leaves and pig fat. This axe looks amazing nowadays - how must it have looked 6,500 years ago?|
| amazing objects! Is this serpentine from the Lizard or if not where?|
|Blingo von Trumpenstein |
| Uncertain of stone origin without expensive testing. I have very little information on this axe and maybe 10 museum curators have had a good look - all happy that it is truly ancient but none can tell me where the stone came from . . . there has recently been a massive jadeite axe project so maybe it is now time for a serpentine axe project. Pay me £50k a year and I'll spend all day researching them !!|
| There were 2 Neolithic handaxes found in a place I used to live in Plymouth. They were recorded in the Devon Association Journal -1960's. Unfortunately the finders kept them. Would you be able to tell me whether handaxes were always ritually deposited or whether they are, sometimes, fortuitous finds? You see there is a ditch about 150m away from the find spot and it looks to me as though it is manmade. The only solution for me would be to go and dig a trench there. This ditch is heavily wooded, was wooded on 1860's maps. There is no other contextual information about these axes unfortunately. I go down to Lizard at least once a year and visit Kynance Cove which has serpentine cliffs. Lovely! |
| The only solution for me would be to go and dig a trench there. |
Please don't, for a plethora of reasons, first two being it's not your land and you'd destroy any archaeological provenance.
| Runemage- no-one knows anything about the ditch, it is very unusual for the area, no evidence of a bank. don't worry _ I wudn't go digging there already hurt myself scrabbling around as it is not very safe. The sides of the ditch are incredibly steep. done quite a bit of map work/research on the area and there are no answers to this question. I just want to go digging again!|
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