Danish Neolithic Large Flint Adze


A Danish Neolithic grey flint polished adze, knapped to create a rectangular shape which slightly tapers towards the butt. The sides broaden towards the convex cutting edge and are finished by sharp corners on either end. Some iron staining is visible to the surface.

Date: 4000-2500 BC
Period: Neolithic Period
Provenance: From ex Cambridgeshire collection 1970-90s.
Condition: Good condition, complete and intact.


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The Neolithic period was one of great technological development in human evolution. During this age, stone was used to make a wide variety of tools, the gradual advancement of which culminated in the invention of metal implements. The Neolithic period saw the advent of farming, which led to the First Agricultural Revolution: the transition from a lifestyle of hunting and gathering to one of agriculture and settlement. During this time, communities began to cultivate land and to domesticate animals.

Many of the artefacts recovered from this period are axes, which were used to fell trees, chop firewood, and shape timber for construction. The Danish neolithic axes’ shapes changed from firstly ‘point-butted’, then thin-butted, to finally thick-butted.

Weight 733.1 g
Dimensions L 18.5 x W 7.3 x H 3.9 cm



Reference: For a similar item,The British Museum, item 1989,0301.44

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