Image from page 194 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
Digitizing Sponsor: Sloan Foundation
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e 4 inches long, with a singlerivet to fasten it to its handle, and close to the axe-hammer lay a pointedflint flake re-chipped on both faces. An axe-head, 6^ inches long, with convex sides, rounded at the butt,and with an oval shaft-hole, was found in the Thames at London,! andis now in the British Museum. * Vest. Ant. Derb., p. G3. Cat., p. 6, No. 49.t Skelteiis Meyricka Armour, pi. xlvi. 3. Iloraj Fcrales, pi. iii. 4. USED AS BATTLE-AXES. 175 The careful manner in which the edges of these instruments areblunted shows that they cannot have been intended fur cutting tools,but that they must have been weapons of war. A blow from a battle-axe with a blunted edge would be just as fatal as if the edge had beensharp and trenchant, while the risk of accidental injury to the scantily-clothed warrior who carried the axe was next to none when the edge ofthe weapon was thus blunted. The practice of removing the edge bygrinding was, no doubt, introduced in consequence of some painfulexperience.
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