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Use-wear analysis reveals the first direct evidence for the use of Neolithic polished stone axes in Britain
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-19, 09:40 authored by A Roy, RJ Crellin, OJT Harris
Polished stone axes have long been recognised as one of the most important forms of material culture in the Neolithic. Research over the last 40 years has done much to understand their origins, patterns of exchange across Europe, deposition, and social importance. Despite this long-recognised importance, little work in Britain has focused on the actual use of these objects. This article presents the first use-wear analysis of 20 Early Neolithic polished stone axes from Britain. This research shows that whilst many were used for woodworking, no doubt associated with forest clearance as agriculture spread, this masks the detailed and variable roles polished stone axes played in the emergence of Neolithic worlds in Britain, which use-wear has the capacity to reveal.
College Development Research Fund from the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities at the University of Leiceste
Author affiliationSchool of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Leicester
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