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Polished Langdale Axe 3D Model
This polished Neolithic stone axe forms part of the collection held at Craven Museum https://www.cravenmuseum.org/ in Skipton, North Yorkshire, England. It was found by renowned author/archaeologist Arthur Raistrick in 1942 who donated it to the museum.
The axe has been created from volcanic greenstone tuff originating from the Great Langdale area of central Cumbria. Langdale axes are found all over Britain (and Ireland) and in such numbers that the area is referred to as an axe factory: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Langdale_axe_industry
Langdale axes are found in both polished (as in this example) and unpolished forms. Studies have shown that around 27% of all polished stone axes found in the UK are made from material sourced from the tuff around Great Langdale. Experiments have shown that polishing makes the axes more efficient than roughly chipped axes when working with wood.
This model was created from 44 images in Agisoft Photoscan. Shine from the material caused one or two issues.