Celts and Adzes

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Title

Celts and Adzes

Subject

Artifacts

Description

These ground stone celts or adzes were found at a Late Woodland site in Halifax County in the southern Piedmont. Celts or adzes were produced by selecting a hard and dense stone, breaking it into the rough correct shape by percussion, and then pecking, grinding, and polishing the stone until it was smooth. The blades of celts from this site show that they were finely honed with a whetstone that left a mirror-like finish on each side of the blade. Celts and adzes were primarily woodworking tools, and celts may have occasionally been used as weapons. Adzes were probably used to make dugout canoes.

Source

Virginia Department of Historic Resources, Richmond, VA

Date

900 - 1600 C.E.

Format

.JPG, 1671 × 1290

Type

Image

Coverage

Halifax County

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Photograph

Physical Dimensions

1671 × 1290

Files

44HA0065_John_Wells_celts_adzes_surface.jpg

Citation

“Celts and Adzes,” Virginia Indian Archive, accessed October 16, 2021, https://virginiaindianarchive.org/items/show/494.

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