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Neolithic Danish Axe Cast


Price: $45.00
A cast of a Neolithic Danish flint Axe found in Jutland, dating to around 5,500 years ago. It measures 8 and 7/8th inches long, and was broken in ancient times.   The original was loaned from the Peek collection in 2015 for molding and casting, as an excellenet example of a Type 3 Thin Butted Danish Square Axe from the area of central Jutland.   It is dated to the time period of the Early Funnel Beaker Culture, in the Late Dolmen/Early Passage Grave Phase around 5,300 to 5,500 years ago.  
  This fine piece was highlighted in the journal CHIPS VOL 19 #2, 2007, by flintknapping author D.C. Waldorf.   The axe had been previously examined by several experts, and after adding his own examination, Waldorf concluded that this axe had broken during use in Neolithic times, and was disgarded at that time.   The report also stated that this axe seemed to be the type that was actually used for felling trees, and not a ceremonial axe or burial good.   Modern experiments show these axes have an ideal length for tree work at around 8 inches, and this example is around 9 inches.   That might have contributed to its bending/compression break.   The axe had been repaired after some dings in the leading edge bit, and well taken care of after for future use, until the catastrophic break.   It is a wonderful example that shows the result of many hours of careful work.
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