Jade Axe

This jade axe was made in the North Italian Alps. It passed through many hands over a period of at least 500 years. It was a precious object and finally belonged to one of Somerset’s earliest farmers. It was placed as an offering beside the Sweet Track in about 3800 BC.

The Jade Axe is on display in the ‘Claiming the Land’ gallery in the Museum of Somerset and is on loan from the University of Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

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