Neolithic Axes vs Mesolithic Axes

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Neolithic Axes vs Mesolithic Axes

Post by grendel on Thu Jan 05, 2012 4:02 am

During neolithic times prehistoric people began to invest hours of work into polishing their stone axes, why? Was it purely aesthetic or was their a practical reason?



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Re: Neolithic Axes vs Mesolithic Axes

Post by Lumpendoodle on Fri Feb 03, 2012 11:27 pm

There does appear to be an advantage in polishing the axehead, although 'Mr Phil' also seems to have a better technique.


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Re: Neolithic Axes vs Mesolithic Axes

Post by grendel on Sat Feb 04, 2012 6:05 am

I have to agree with that, there was definate inequality in the swinging, though I have had a go at making stuff with flint tools and noticed similar phenomena as happened to Francis.


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Post by Lumpendoodle on Sat Feb 04, 2012 9:27 am

It does occur to me that an unpolished flint axe might even shatter under use because of the slivers of wood acting as wedges. A bit scary.

Polishing off the 'blemishes' would present a smoother, therefor a more stable surface during use. It would certainly make me feel more confident about putting a bit more 'wellie' into my swing knowing the axe could handle it.

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