9,000-year-old axe sheds light on Irish burial practices
Published on November 21st, 2016 | by Admin0
Archaeologists believe the highly-polished stone axe, known as an adze, was made especially for the funeral of a very important person, whose remains were cremated and then buried at the site.
Microscopic analysis has revealed the shale tool, believed to be the earliest fully polished adze in Europe, was only used for a short time, and then deliberately blunted.
Story: Fiona Gartland, The Irish Times | Photo: Ben Elliot