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Polished stone axe heads

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Stone axe heads, Preston under Scar

YDNPA, 2004,

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Polished stone axe heads

Historical Environment Record No: MYD36691

Parish: Preston under Scar

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Dale: Lower Wensleydale

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These two polished stone axe heads are characteristic of the Neolithic period. Such axes were highly prized and sometimes travelled great distances from the source of their stone. These examples may have come from the axe factories at Great Langdale in the Lake District. Wensleydale provided a corridor east for the trade of Langdale polished axe heads. Both axes are on display at the Dales Countryside Museum.


Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes (usually on permanent display). Open daily. Contact for details of charges and opening times.

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Nearest town/village: Hawes. Call Traveline on 0870 608 2 608 to plan your journey. After the welcome message key in 885 for North Yorkshire information.


Fully accessible. Contact for further details.

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