Polished axehead

This unusually shaped axe may have been a local copy of a European jadeite axe. It was found in the ditch of a ‘causewayed enclosure’ - a site where the enclosure is made of a series of ditches with gaps, or causeways, in between. The placing of such a special axe in a ditch may have been to give the site power or to commemorate an event.
Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
Devon archaeology
Common Name
polished axehead
Simple Name
polished axehead
whole length 116 mm; whole W 77 mm; whole TH 26 mm
Period Classification
Neolithic (4000-2200 BC)
Family Group

stone; greenstone
Collection Site Name
Raddon Hill
Collection County
Collection Country
United Kingdom: England
Collection Area Region
Northern Europe
Collection Continent

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