Prehistoric Hand Axe
A rare example of a flint hand axe or ‘chopper’ found in the Eden Valley recently. It is heavily worked to creaste a sharp edge perfect for crunching up fairly large items – perhaps for getting the marrow out of bones?
The interesting thing is; that it only fits the right hand. We have found other examples of tools that feel comfortable just in the left hand – so these must have been bespoke made, either by or for the person using it.
Dating is very hard with these items – it has been independently dated to the Bronze Age – but tools like this were being used over very long periods. Come to see it at the exhibition we have running this weekend.