Find Spot record MLI41218 - Polished Stone Axehead, Grainsby


A Neolithic polished stone axehead, found in 1957 on land to the east of Grainsby.

Type and Period (1)

  • (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2201 BC)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Full Description

A Neolithic polished stone axehead was found in 1957, on land to the east of Grainsby. The axe is held by Lincoln Museum. {1}{2}{3} The axe was thin-sectioned and found to be made from a tremolite form of jade known as nephrite. {4} 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. {5}

Sources/Archives (5)

  •  Index: Lincolnshire County Council. Sites and Monuments Record Card Index. TF 39 NW: B.
  •  Index: Ordnance Survey. Ordnance Survey Card Index. TF 39 NW: 4.
  •  Artefact: City and County Museum Collection. LCNCC 1970.121.
  •  Article in Serial: W.A. Cummins and C.N. Moore. 1973. 'Petrological Identification of Stone Implements from Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland' in Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society. vol.39, p.247, no.84 (LI.83).
  •  Article in Serial: Alison Sheridan. 2007. 'Green Treasures from the Magic Mountain', in British Archaeology. issue.96 (Sep-Oct 2007), pp.23-7.



Grid reference TF 3106 9957 (point) Estimated from Sources

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Record last edited

Sep 11 2023 2:37PM


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