Battle-axe (Carmarthen Museum A76-1076)


The Implement Petrology Group is an international network of archaeologists and petrologists who study prehistoric stone axe-heads and related stone tools.

The IPG’s achievements include:

  • the coordination of petrological analysis on over 7,500 specimens,
  • two conferences on stone axes,
  • the publication of three major monographs.

Through its work the group has significantly advanced our understanding of the distribution and significance of axe-heads in the Neolithic, Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age.

The group meets twice a year to discuss current research and visit axe production areas and related sites.

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