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The Neolithic

Ritual

Stone axe roughout, Dunragit

Period:
Neolithic
Description:

A complete roughout for a stone axe.  It has a narrow rounded butt, a broad blade and oval cross-section.  It has been worked to shape on both faces.

 

This axe roughout was manufactured in Cumbria, probably at one of the Neolithic axe workshops in the Langdale area.  Roughouts were normally ground and polished close to the quarry workshops and it is unusual to find a roughout like this in the far west of Dumfries and Galloway.  It may be significant that it was discovered within the large ceremonial timber enclosure at Dunragit. See Dunragit aerial image.

Place of Discovery:
No. 2 Holdings, Dunragit
Materials/Media:
Volcanic tuff
Dimensions:
Length: 244mm
Source:
Stranraer Museum
Accession number:
WIWMS 2008.32
Digital Number:
SMAH 078
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council
References:
Pickin, J. 2009. A Neolithic Roughout Axehead from Dunragit, TDGNHAS LXXXIII, 225-228.