Grooved Stone Axes

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Title

Grooved Stone Axes

Subject

Artifacts

Description

These grooved stone axes come from a site in King George county on the northern Coastal Plain. The smooth axes are examples of ground stone technology, 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, as the other examples in this photo were made. Once finished, the axe would have been hafted to a wooden handle, which decomposed over time. Ground stone tools were repaired by flaking. Archaeologists can use microscopes to see use-wear patterns on the edges of stone axes to tell what they were used for. (Photo enhanced)

Source

Virginia Department of Historic Resources, Richmond, VA

Date

3000 - 1200 B.C.E.

Format

.JPG, 2423 × 1943

Type

Image

Coverage

King George County

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Photograph

Physical Dimensions

2423 × 1943

Files

44KG0009_grooved_axes.JPG

Citation

“Grooved Stone Axes,” Virginia Indian Archive, accessed May 28, 2022, https://virginiaindianarchive.org/items/show/352.

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