Neolithic Polished Flint Axes from Grimes Graves, Norfolk

Neolithic Polished Flint Axes from Grimes Graves, Norfolk
Photograph taken 2009 © Historic England ref: DP081198

These stone tools are Early Neolithic polished flint axes from Grimes Graves flint mines in Norfolk. Neolithic people made stone and flint axes in a different way to Mesolithic people. After using hammer stones to knap a nodule and produce a rough shape, the axes were ground or polished to produce a sharp edge and the smooth shape shown here.These axes were mounted onto wooden handles and could be used for chopping and cutting.

Location

Norfolk Weeting

Period

Prehistoric (to AD42)

Tags

neolithic flint tool axe stone age