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Title: The ancient stone implements, weapons, and ornaments, of Great Britain

Year: 1872 (1870s)

Authors: Evans, John, Sir, 1823-1908

Subjects: Stone age -- Great Britain Great Britain -- Antiquities

Publisher: London : Longmans, Green, Reader, and Dyer

Contributing Library: Getty Research Institute

Digitizing Sponsor: Sloan Foundation



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in association with smalldaggers, and pins or awls of bronze. Other instances may be adducedfrom the writings of the late Mr. T. Bateman, though sometimes the exactform of the weapons is not recorded. In the Parcelly Hay Barrow, f nearHartington, an axe-head of granite, with a hole for the shaft, and abronze dagger, with three rivets for fastening the handle, had been buriedwith a contracted body above the covering stones of the primary inter-ment. | The axe-head is 4 inches long and nearly 2 inches broad, witha perfectly round hole, -po- inch in diameter. The sides are rounded,the long faces hollowed, and the edge curved. Another, of basalt, apparently like Fig. 120. broken in the middle, issaid to have lain between two skeletons at full length, placed side by side * Twenty-seventh Report Roy. Inst, of Coriiw., 18-16, p. 35. I am indebted to theSecretaries of this Institution for permission to eniirave the specimen. + Ten Years Diggings, p. 24. I Crania Brit., vol. ii. pi. ii. p. 2.


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Fig. 143.—Pelynt, Cornwall. 192 PERFORATED AXES. [cHAP. VIII. in a barrow at Kens Low Farm, opened by Mr. W. Bateman. On thebreast of one lay a circular brooch of copper or bronze. With the axewas a polished porphyry slate pebble, the ends of which were ground flat. Looking at tlie wliole series of instruments, it seems probablethat they were intended to serve more tban one purpose, and thatwbile those of adze-like form were probably tools either for agri-culture or for carpentry, and tlie large heavy axe-hammers also servedsome analogous purpose, the smaller class of instruments, whethersharpened at both ends or at one only, may with some degree ofcertainty be regarded as weapons. That the perforated form ofaxe was of later invention than the solid stone hatchet is almostself-evident; and that many of the battle-axe class belong to aperiod when bronze was coming into use is well established. Thatall instruments of this form belong to so late a period there is noevidence to prove, b



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