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Throughout Europe and even adjacent areas there was the widespread belief in thunderstones. These peculiar stones (prehistoric flint and stone axes) were thought to have crashed into the earth during a lightning strike. Although nowadays this superstition has largely vanished, it was still widely accepted in the first half of the 20th century.

Deinse* describes this situation for the Dutch province of Overijssel, directly south of Drenthe. He reports that virtually every farmer has at least one prehistoric axe at his farm. They were believed to protect the house against lightning, as lightning never strikes the same place twice. He even reported that particular axes were believed to possess special powers. Small bits of stone were scraped off these axes and were given to children as a medicine against convulsions.
Deinse, J.J. (1925): Uit het Land van Katoen en Heide - Oudheidkundige en Folkloristische schetsen uit Twente. p102-111

This is from p25 of 'Ceci n'est pas une hache. Neolithic Depositions in the Northern Netherlands' by Karsten Wentink, 2006 - which you can read online at Google Books - it has lots of Serious archaeological information and discussion in it.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
12th September 2007ce
Edited 12th September 2007ce

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