Tyne and Wear HER(17545): West Boldon, Boldon Hills, two stone axes - Details
West Boldon, Boldon Hills, two stone axes
Tools and Equipment
Two stone axes were found by a member of the public in fields east of Downhill Quarry and north-west of Nanny Cow Hill, where a barrow was located. The axes were identified as being Neolithic in date by Dr Rob Young on 1 November 2016. One is black and is probably basalt or dolerite. The other is green and is probably Group VI rock from the Lake District. The green axe has been damaged by the plough. The axes have been retained by the finder.
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