Stone age axe found with wood handle

This is a rare find a functional tool from the later neolithic

There isn’t a lot of information on it yet but I’ll provide a link to the BBC report

Neolithic axe

The stone axe is itself not exceptional but I find the way the axe is fashioned within the wood handle to be a weak way to do so and there is no
external lashing of interest.

I say so because I use to make such axes and tested them, a weak point on them was the hafting technology that would often fail before the axe or the
handle. It is possible that the outer lashing dissolved away.

A report from 2012 on what I believe are similar axes found in southern Scandinavia

PDF on axes


Southern Scandinavian jade axes have been interpreted as items of prestigious exchange illustrating contact with the agrarian societies of Central
Europe and reflecting agrarian ideas and ideology. They are therefore important in the discussion concerning the process of neolithisation in Northern
Europe, but the difficulties in differentiating between Neolithic axes of alpine jade from axes imported from other continents has attracted some
criticism. Furthermore, some of the jade axes found in Southern Scandinavian collections originate from private collectors, many of whom had contacts
all over Europe. The axes lack therefore secure archaeological contexts, and may suggest that they have not been found in Scandinavian soil. The aim
of this paper is to maintain a critical approach towards the question of the origin of the jade axes from Southern Scandinavia. However, the many
imitations of jade axes produced in local raw materials clearly indicate the importance of this artefact group within the Mesolithic and Neolithic
transition in Southern Scandinavia.

Another report on Linhamm axes, page 184

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