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    Hardstone find

    Hi all..today I took a walk to one of my favorite spots. I didn't even find a broke arrowhead but I did find what I'm guessing is an unfinished axe. The bit end is still blunt so I don't know if it would have been sharpened at some point. I don't know much about axes but I do think it's pretty old considering I pulled it out from under the very bottom of an eroding marsh edge. Sorry I didn't have my phone with me so no pics until I got home.

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    Kaz , That is a great find and I think you are right on the money with your guess as to what it is. Thanks for a look. Looks like it definitely has a bit end and one side is ground.

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    Sure looks like some pecking on the edges and one side, better pics (close-ups) of the worked areas would help. For what it's worth I don't see any ground surfaces, rather naturally smooth that hadn't been worked yet.
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    Most likely a preform Celt. Not really meaty enough to be an Axe.
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    I'd say it's a preform adze based on what appears to be an offset bit with one side beveled more than the other. Pics of different angles of the bit end would help. Check out this short discussion about adzes and celts with a bonus gouge in there too!

    A Discussion on the Difference between an Adze and a Celt! - YouTube

    Oh, by the way, that is a very good find!
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    Hi thanks for the responses. Here are just a few more pics.

    Bottom flat and smooth
    Attachment 282377

    Right side
    Attachment 282378

    Left side
    Attachment 282379

    Bit end
    Attachment 282380

    Butt
    Hardstone find-img_2192-jpg

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    Only your last attachment worked in post #6. Try "Go Advanced" and upload from there. Thanks.
    Terry (a.k.a. Dances With Dachshunds)

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    Sorry let's try that again.

    Bottom flat and smooth
    Hardstone find-img_2188-jpg

    Right side
    Hardstone find-img_2189-jpg

    Left side
    Hardstone find-img_2190-jpg

    Bit end
    Hardstone find-img_2191-jpg

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    Thanks KAZ. Looks like it could have gone either way (celt or adze) since it was so early in manufacture. Either way, a woodworking tool that would have been hafted.
    Last edited by Tdog; 08-10-2018 at 02:08 PM.
    Terry (a.k.a. Dances With Dachshunds)

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    Great find! Very nice

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