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Irish Porcellanite Axe sharpening Flake c. 3000 BC Ireland

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Seller: clegnagh (4,531) 100%, Location: Ballymoney, Antrim, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 132016721978 Please remember that postal charge includes packing materials and delivery to the post office which is 7 miles away Irish Porcellanite Axe sharpening Flake c. 3000 BC Porcellanite is a dense metamorphic rock unique to three sites in Northern Ireland. Tievebulliagh Mountain, Rathlin Island and a probable site at Clough The stone has a high metallic content and a very distinctive dark green/blue colourThis was part of my teaching collection when I lectured at the University of Ulster, Queen's University Belfast and other academic institutions in IrelandMy teaching collection largely comprised material given to me by students and so is not precisely provenanced, however this piece came from a fieldwalking site a few miles south of Bushmills. The townland name can be provided to the eventual high bidderSharpening flakes were struck from axes to rejeuvenate then when the edge had become bluntThis has a prominent striking platform (with unusual rays) and bulb of percussionSome areas are smooth so there may be some residual polish in placesSize is 50mm by 40mm by 14mm (maximum thickness at butt) Please note that my entire private collection was examined, recorded and evaluated by staff of the Ulster Museum, Belfast in the 1990s Condition: Excellent

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