Grooved Stone Axes

Dublin Core

Title

Grooved Stone Axes

Subject

Artifacts

Description

These grooved axes were collected from York county on the Coastal Plain. They are examples of chipped and ground stone technology, the latter of which first appeared during the Late Archaic period. This method of tool production involved pecking and grinding the stone down to shape instead of chipping the stone away. Ground stone tools were often made from granite or greenstone metabasalt, and they were repaired by flaking. Once finished, the axe would have been hafted to a wooden handle, which decomposed over time. Archaeologists can use microscopes to see use-wear patterns on the edges of stone axes to tell what they were used for.

Source

Virginia Department of Historic Resources, Richmond, VA

Date

3000 - 1200 B.C.E.

Format

.JPG, 796 × 504

Type

Image

Coverage

York County

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Photograph

Physical Dimensions

796 × 504

Files

44YO0119,123,124,127,128,144,145,204_grooved_axes_J.H.Taylor_Collection.jpg

Citation

“Grooved Stone Axes,” Virginia Indian Archive, accessed August 19, 2022, https://virginiaindianarchive.org/items/show/351.

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