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Time Team turns up Langdale Axe in Ulverston

From the NorthWest Evening Mail


A POLISHED stone axe which may have been made in Langdale 5,000 to 6,000 years ago was one of the most exciting finds unearthed by archaeologists in Ulverston at the weekend.

Excavation of a trench and a Channel 4 Time Team "test dig" at Sir John Barrow's Cottage in Ulverston, which began the previous weekend, was completed on Sunday.

It was a joint venture between Ulverston Heritage Centre and the Morecambe Bay Archaeological Society and excavation directors were Daniel Elsworth and Jo Dawson.

Among finds in the main trench were a large number of pieces of 19th century pottery, nails, buttons, glass, clay pipes and other items and artefacts.

Among finds of note relating to the period also included pieces of slate writing pencil and the writing slates complete with score lines.

Earlier finds included a possible 16th century silver groat as well as the Bronze Age flint scraper dating to around 1000BC found last weekend.

Heritage Centre director and chairman of Morecambe Bay Archaeological Society Daniel Elsworth said: "In the test pit similar 19th century remains were discovered, although an old animal burrow had disturbed deposits!

"Some further prehistoric remains were found this weekend in the test pit including a burnt piece of a flint blade and a fragment of a stone axe.

"Even more exciting was the discovery of an entire end of a polished stone axe, of a type made in the Langdale area around 5,000 to 6,000 years ago.

"Although these finds do suggest earlier activity on the site, the action of worms and roots in the soil and centuries of digging in the garden have apparently mixed up finds from different periods".

He said they are now dealing with the finds and compiling an archaeological report about the excavation and it's intended that the finds will be displayed in the cottage following full cataloguing and conservation
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
3rd July 2003ce

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