Timeless are very pleased to offer a lovely little Pecked & Ground Stone Age Axehead together with a Stone Age Sharpening Stone, dating between 4000 and 6000 years old.
This particular type of Stone Age axe differs from the typical flint or chert-type axe because the stone, whilst extremely hard, does not flake when struck. In order to produce an axe 'shape', our ancestors would chip away at a piece of hardstone (a process known as 'pecking') until the desired shape was achieved. The axe would then be ground on a flat whetstone to produce a cutting edge - and so they are described archaeologically as pecked & ground axeheads.
Here we have both items - a Stone Age axe and a Stone Age Whetstone! Of course, we can't say that one produced the other, but we can promise you that you won't find a display like this for sale with any other supplier.
Mounted on a plinth of oak, the display is around 27cm in height.
The axehead is around 9cm in length
STONE AGE AXE AND SHARPENING STONE DISPLAY
Acquired by Timeless Galleries on the UK Antiquities market, 2020. Previously of North African provenance.