Find Spot record MLI22462 - Polished stone axehead from Gosberton


A Neolithic polished stone axehead from Gosberton

Type and Period (1)

  • (Early Neolithic to Late Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Full Description

Small complete polished stone axe of Neolithic date found during fieldwalking by the South Lincolnshire Archaeology Unit. {1} This axe may have been redeposited during construction of the Forty Foot Drain or ploughed out from the land surface beneath shallow marsh deposits. It has proved to be an interesting item manufactured from jadeite. Though as yet undiscovered, the source of the parent material is thought to be from the Alpine region on the continent of Europe. {2} It is now known that the stone used to make jadeite and nephrite axeheads in the early Neolithic period was quarried from high-altitude quarries in the Swiss and Italian Alps and northern Apennines. The axeheads were then exported from the Alpine region across the continent of Europe eventually reaching Britain and Ireland. {3}

Sources/Archives (3)

  •  Index: SMR FILE. GOSBERTON. TF 13 SE:U,1983, M.C.S..
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Hayes, P. P. and Lane, T. W.. 1992. The Fenland Project No.5: Lincolnshire Survey, the South-West Fens. vol.5 pp.53-54; Fig.150.4.
  •  Article in Serial: Sheridan, Alison. 2007. 'Green treasures from the magic mountain', in British Archaeology. -.



Grid reference TF 1618 3052 (point)

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Record last edited

Mar 21 2021 8:35PM


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