Dorset Archaeological Masterpieces … Handaxes

Handaxe from Dorset County Museum Archive

Handaxee from Dorset County Museum Archive

I came across the above neolithic handaxe in the Dorset County Museum archive. Dorset’s chalky soil provided an abundance of flint that was ideal for making tools. It is thought that these axes would have been fitted into wooden handles and used for many purposes, even felling trees. Making these axes was a highly skilled and time-consuming task.

Handaxes at the Dorset County Museum

Handaxes at the Dorset County Museum

The above and below axes are on display at the Dorset County Museum in the museum’s intriguing archaeology gallery. These beautiful objects were the cutting edge (excuse the pun!) of technology for most of human history!

Handaxes at Dorset County Museum

Handaxes at the Dorset County Museum

(Photographs my own)

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