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Wrockwardine axehead

This stone axehead was found in the parish of Wrockwardine. Originally the butt end of the axehead would have fitted into a slot in the axe's wooden handle or haft. The chipping to the blade of the axe is probably the result of use.
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During the Neolithic specific outcrops of hard rock were worked to produce axeheads. Petrological studies of this example by Birmingham University have traced the source of the rock to the Charnwood Forest in Leicestershire.
The Wrockwardine Axehead
Drawing by Emma-Kate Burns, Shropshire Archaeology Service
The Neolithic period (4,000 B.C. to 2,200 B.C.) saw the introduction of farming to Britain. Forest was cleared to form fields to grow crops and graze livestock. A more settled way of life also developed and more permanent timber built houses were constructed. Axes were, therefore, an important tool for clearing and shaping the landscape.


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