The Tale of the Axe: How the Neolithic Revolution Transformed Britain


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Focusing on the British Isles, the author explores a period of huge societal change - the Neolithic, or `New Stone Age' - through the most iconic artifact of its time: the polished stone axe, using his own ancient stone axe-head, given to him by a local quarry worker, as a guide to the revolution that changed the world. These formidable creations were not only crucial tools that enabled the first farmers to clear the forests, but also objects of great symbolic importance, signifying status and power, wrapped up in ...

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