Image from page 218 of "The ancient stone implements, weapons, and ornaments, of Great Britain" (1872)
Authors: Evans, John, Sir, 1823-1908
Publisher: London : Longmans, Green, Reader, and Dyer
Contributing Library: Getty Research Institute
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ound at Twisel, in the parish of Norham,Northumberland. Some rather larger and more cylindrical in-struments of analogous form have been found inYorkshire. One such, about 4 inches long, andwith a small parallel shaft-hole about f inch indiameter, was found with an urn in a barrow atWeapon Ness, and is in the Museum at Scar-borough. With it was a flint spear-head or Fig. 150.—Rockiami. jjavelin-head. It is described as rather kidney-shaped in the Arclucoloijui:-I have the half of another, made of compact sandstone, and found onthe Yorkshire Wolds. The same form is found in Ireland, but the sides curve inwardsand the section is somewhat oval. Sir W. AYilde f describes twosuch of polished gneiss, and a third is engraved in ShirleysAccount of Farney.+ Sir WilUam suggests that such imple-ments were, in all probability, used in metal-working, especially * Vol. XXX. p. 461. t Cat. Mus. R. I. A., p. 80. + P. 94. See also Arch. Journ., vol. Hi. p. 94; and Worsaaes Prim. Ants, ofDen., p. 15.
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200 PERFORATED HAMMERS. [chap. IX. in the mauufacture of gold and silver. Certainly, in most cases,they can hardly have been destined for any ordinary purposesof savage life, as the labour involved in boring such shaft-holes inquartzite, and especially in flint, must have been immense. Itseems quite as probable that these were weapons as tools, and inthat case we can understand an amount of time and care beingbestowed on their preparation such as in modern days we findsavages so often bestomng on their warlike accoutrements.Another argument in favour of these being weapons may bederived from the beauty of the material of which they are some-times composed. That from Farney is of a light green colourand nicely polished, and one in my own collection, fomid nearTullamore, Kings County, is formed of a piece of black andwhite gneissose rock, which must have been selected for itsbeauty. One in the British Museum, from Lough Gvir, is of blackhornblende. The type with the oval section is not,
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