Image from page 223 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
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ve hammer of dark-coloured stone lay at the feet of a skeleton,accompanied by a plain bronze celt, a curious object of twisted bronze,with part of a chain attached to a tube of bone, and several articles ofthe same material, amongst which was the enormous tusk of a wildboar. The hammer-heads of the next form to be noticed are of a simpler cha-racter, being made from ovoid pebbles, usually of quartzite, by boringshaft-holes through their centres. The specimen I have selected for illus- * South Wilts, p. 204. t Supra, p. 116. X Hoares South Wilta, p. 209. 204 PERFORATED HAMMERS. CHAP. IX. tration, Fig. 155, is in my own collection, and was found in RedgravePark, Suffolk. According to the account furnished to Mr. JosephWarren, from whom I obtained it, it was found 10 feet below thesurface, by men digging stone in Deers Hill. The jDebble is quartzite,probably from one of the conglomerates of the Trias, but more immediatelyderived from the gravels of the Glacial Period, which abound in the
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Fig. 155.—Redgrave Park. 4 eastern counties. The hole, as usual, tapers towards the middle of thestone. The pebble is battered at both ends, and slightly worn away byuse. I have another rather smaller and more kidney-shaped hammer,also slightly worn away at the ends, found at Willerby Carr, in the EastRiding of Yorkshire. The Rev. W. Greenwell, F.S.A., possesses a large specimen, madefrom a flat pebble, 7i inches long and 4J inches broad, and found atSalton, in the North Riding. Fig. 156 shows a smaller variety of the same type, but rather square in outline, and with the shaft-hole muchmore bell-mouthed. The original is in myown collection, and was found in RedmoreFen, near Littleport, Cambridgeshire. Ham-mers of this and the preceding type are byno means uncommon. One of quartzite,5 inches long, was found in a vallum ofClare Castle, Suffolk,* and is in theMuseum of the Society of Antiquaries ;another, 4^ inches by 3 inches, at Sun-ninghill, Berks ;t another, 2^ inches byOne, in for
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