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September 25, 2003

Axe head

A five thousand year old axe-head has been found near Stonehenge. Land near the historic site is being turned over from ploughed farming to pastureland affording the opportunity for a three week field walk to turn up artifacts. An image of the axe-head which accompanies a 24HourMuseum article suggests a specialist eye helps to distinguish such an artifact from other fieldstones. Even so, it is remarkable how much of interest remains to be discovered so close to such a well-examined context.

"The axe head is a very interesting find," explained Andy Crockett, Wessex Archaeology Project Manager, "because it relates to a period in our past when farmers first started to chop down trees to start growing crops and keeping livestock."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at September 25, 2003 04:26 AM