An axe-hammer of igneous stone found in 1989 holding open the door of a shed in the rear garden of a house at Castle Place, Abergele. The finder Mr Nathan Roberts was undertaking renovation work on the house at the time. A fine example with overall pecking marks visible, blunted at the axe end, signs of damage at the butt end. One of the perforated sides is slightly concave. Shaft hole is towards the butt end, and is splayed at both ends suggesting that it was drilled from both sides (Spencer, J, pers comm, 2004). Thin section extracted and studied by Dr Richard E. Bevins of the Geology Department, National Museum & Gallery of Wales, Cardiff in spring/summer 2004, and restored to original condition by the Conservation Laboratory at NMGW. The thin section revealed that the axe-hammer is of an igneous rock, a dolerite belonging to the Lower Palaeozoic rocks of Wales and the English Lake District. It is likely to have originally come from Central Snowdonia, Cadair Idris or North Pembrokeshire. In Dr Bevins opinion Cadair Idris is perhaps the best fit, but this is by no means definitive (Bevins, Dr R E, 2004).
Current location of find: With finder
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
Period from: BRONZE AGE
Dimensions and weight
Length: 240 mm
Width: 95 mm
Thickness: 80 mm
Materials and construction
Primary material: Igneous rock
Каменный сверленый топор, Белоруссия, Гомельская обл.
Каменный наконечник дротика, неолит, айну, Курильские острова, культура дзёмон