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Monolithic Ceremonial Axes

This axe and handle was carved from a single piece of stone, and is thought to have served a ceremonial purpose.  Such axes are found in the southeastern United States and date to the Mississippian Period, AD 700 -- 1500.  It is unlikely that this axe was used as a working tool or as a weapon.  It is an excellent example of Mississippian ground stone tool-making technology.  There is a small hole in the butt of the handle that was likely used for a leather thong.