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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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ol. ii. p. 295. 176 PERFORATED AXES. [chap. VIII. bones near Borrowash, Derbyshire, in 1841,* and is in the BatemanCollection. To judge from the woodcut in the Catalogue, the cast musthave been taken from this specimen. A very elegant axe-head, 5 inches long, of reddish basalt, beauti-fully wrought, with a slight moulding round the angles, and a perfora-tion for the shaft, is described by Mr. Batemanf as having been foundon a barrow eleven miles east of Pickering, Yorkshire. It seems almost indisputable that these elegantly formed axe-headsbelong to the period when bronze was in use, and from their occurrencein the graves, and from the edge being usually rather blunted than cutting,they appear to have been destined for battle-axes. Mouldings of various kinds occur on Danish and German axe-hammersof the Bronze Age,| but this form of small axe with a rounded butt is ofrare occurrence. The small axe-heads from Germany § are wider at thebutt, and more like Figs. 118 and 120 in outline. I


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Fig. 129.—Crichie, Aberdeenshire. The beautiful battle-axe, formed of fine-giained mica schist, foundplaced on burnt bones in a Druidical circle at Crichie, near Inverary,Aberdeenshire,]] and presented by the Earl of Kintore to the AntiquarianMuseum at Edinburgh, has deeply incised lines round the margins of thehollow faces at the mouth of the shaft-hole. This weapon is 4 inches inlength, and is considerably sharper at the broader end than at the other,though the edge is well rounded. For the loan of Fig. 129 I am indebtedto the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. In general character thisweapon approximates to a somewhat rare Irish form, shortly to be men-tioned, of which I possess a specimen. The battle-axe from the barrow * Vestiges of Ants, of Derbyshire, p. 7; Oat., No. 36; Briggs History ofMelbourne, p. 16; Wrights Celt, Koman, and Saxon, p. 09. t Ten Years Diggings, p. 227. Cat., p. 25, No. 2o6. X Worsaae, J\^ord. Olds., No. 109; Lindenschmit, Alt. u. h. V., vol. i. Heft iv.T



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