A polished stone axe of Neolithic date, (3500-2100BC). The object is teardrop (or pointed oval) in plan and oval in cross-section. It has been ground and polished smooth and is pitted in places down one face. The axe has a wide cutting edge and is a mottled dark brown - black in colour.
This axe may ahve been sourced from County Antrim where from the Neolithic quarry at the foot of Tievebulliagh Mountain. Axes from Tievebulliagh or Rathin Island off the Antrim coast, where this rare rock type also occurs, have been found across Britain. Similar examples of Tievebulliagh porcellanite can be seen iin the Malone Hoard containing nineteen polished stone axes.
Current location of find: Museum of Liverpool
Subsequent action after recording: Acquired by a museum - not a Treasure case
Date to: Circa 2100 BC
Dimensions and weight
Recorded by: Ms Vanessa Oakden
Identified by: Ms Vanessa Oakden
Secondary identifier: Mr Ron Cowell
Other reference numbers
Museum accession number: MOL.1969.219
Materials and construction
Primary material: Stone
Manufacture method: Ground/polished