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Mike Pitts archive online

Posted by Steve Burrow on June 14, 2017
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The Mike Pitts Neolithic Axehead Archive (MPA) comprises records of over 2,000 stone and flint implements, mostly axeheads, from museum collections in England and Wales.

Scans of the A4 paper records are now available here.

Stonechat, issue 5

Posted by Steve Burrow on February 04, 2017
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The fifth issue of the Implement Petrology Group’s newsletter (January 2017).

Download Stonechat, issue 5 (2.1mb file).

Contents
Editorial

1. Welcome from our new Chair, Alison Sheridan
2. Digitising the Mike Pitts Stone Axe Archive, Katharine Walker and Mik Markham
3. Stoneaxe Wiki-Outline concept, Mik Markham
4. More than trade, Sally Taylor
5. News from JADE2, Alison Sheridan
6. New book: Written in Stone: Papers on the function, form, and provenancing of
prehistoric stone objects in memory of Fiona Roe (ed. Ruth Shaffrey)
7. The Implement Petrology Meeting and Workshop, Birmingham, 13th-14th February
2016.
8. Details of the next meeting

Stonechat, Issue 4

Posted by Steve Burrow on June 13, 2015
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The fourth issue of the Implement Petrology Group’s newsletter (June 2015).

Download Stonechat, issue 4 (3mb file).

Contents
Editorial

1. IPG Membership News
(i) People
(ii) Field Meeting: September 2015
(iii) The cost of scholarship – an update
(iv) Stone implement recording instructions and record forms

2. Stone implements and the Portable Antiquities Scheme: Kevin Leahy

3. Making do: discussing the ethics of stone tool replication: Brendan O’Neill and Bernard Gilhooly

4. The Cleveland Dyke: an implement petrology conundrum?: Vin Davis

5. Thoughts on Cumbrian quartz: Peter Cherry and Vin Davis

6. Stone tools from Mokau, North Island, New Zealand: Eunice Eccles

7. The Tot Lord Collection of prehistoric stone tools: a preview – Tom Lord and Vin Davis

Stonechat, Issue 3

Posted by Steve Burrow on March 08, 2015
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The third issue of the Implement Petrology Group’s newsletter (March 2015).

Download Stonechat, issue 3 (3mb file).

Contents
Editorial

1. National Importance Programme: lithic sites assessment 7046: The Neolithic Axe Factories of Great Langdale and Scafell Pike: Oxford Archaeology North.

2. A critical review of Group VI stone artefacts: fact and opinion: Vin Davis

3. Field visit to a stone tool quarry and manufacture site at Tranmore, near Monvoy, Co. Waterford, Ireland: Vin Davis

4. Cobble stone mining tools in prehistoric metal mining: Simon Timberlake

5. Some thoughts on making replica Neolithic ground axe heads: Jack Grasse

6. New evidence for the authenticity of Group XXVI stone tools: Vin Davis

7. The EBA “perforated axe” from Lingbar Hill barrow near Hellifield, North Yorkshire: Tom Lord

8. Neolithic pottery and (Group IX) lithics from a site on the north east coast of Anglesey: Frances Lynch

9. The cost of scholarship: Gill Varndell

10. Newly identified Neolithic monuments in the north of England and their implications for Neolithic lithic studies: Yvonne Luke

11. The Implement Petrology Workshop, York, 11th January 2015: Mik Markham and Vin Davis

12. News on JADE2: Alison Sheridan and Pierre Pétrequin

Stonechat, Issue 2

Posted by Steve Burrow on January 29, 2015
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The second issue of the Implement Petrology Group’s newsletter (March 2014).

Download Stonechat, Issue 2 (2mb file).

Contents
1. Editorial

2. The Brittany Experience: May 2014
a. Charles-Tanguy Le Roux – a Blast from the Past: Vin Davis
b. Breton axe-heads in Neolithic Britain: Katherine Walker
c. Les Haches a Pan axes: Petrus Petrequin

3. The Shetland Felsite Project (SFP) Season June 2014
a. Roy Ritchie – a Blast from the Past: Vin Davis
b. Geology, petrography and geochemistry – a progress report: Mik Markham
c. Public engagement in SFP Roadshow and Workshops in Lerwick and Ollenberry

4. Local source suspected for ‘exotic’ artifact rock. Peter Cherry and Vin Davis

Stonechat, Issue 1

Posted by Steve Burrow on March 29, 2014
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The first issue of the Implement Petrology Group’s newsletter (March 2014).

Download Stonechat, Issue 1 (4mb file).

Contents
1. Katie Kewley on Manx stone axes
2. Kath Walker on stone tools and identity
3. Torben Ballin on some problems associated with lithic analysis
4. Vin Davis: on the importance of the Stainton West Carlisle lithics excavated by Oxford
Archaeology North (OAN)
5. Gabriel Cooney on the Shetland Riebeckite Felsite Project
6. Onur Ozbek on Palaeolithic to Neolithic quarry and workshop sites in Turkey
7. Richard Bevins et al on recent geoarchaeological research on Stonehenge lithics
8. Peter Cherry on reassessing flint, chert and stone scatters from NW England
9. Roberto Risch on the mechanical testing of implement rock and sources
10. Chris Fowler: on Stonescapes in Northern England
11. Vin Davis & Tom Clare on community geoarchaeological workshops and fieldwork in NW
England
12. For your interest and information: new book by Mark Edmonds takes a refreshingly new look
at Langdale geology, prehistory and landscape.

Maori clubs and prehistoric axes

Posted by Steve Burrow on February 15, 2014
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IPG member Dave Field has recently published a paper on maori jade in the context of prehistoric debate about curated artefacts. The abstract reads:

In prehistoric archaeology there is much debate on the extent to which artefacts had a long history and period of use and meaning before reaching their final resting place. In this paper some possibilities are examined via discussion of an important stone artefact from New Zealand and its associated historical information.

The paper is published here:

Field, D (2012) “Porourangi: a Maori Symbol of War, Peace and Identity”, p55-61. In Trigg, J. R. (ed) “Of Things Gone but not Forgotten: Essays in archaeology for Joan Taylor”. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports, International Series S2434.

With online details available from Archaeopress.

Review of Stonehenge study

Posted by Steve Burrow on June 03, 2013
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Richard Bevins and Rob Ixer’s work on the Stonehenge rhyolites has been reviewed by SALON, the online magazine of the Society of Antiquaries of London.

For full details, click here

New article on Stonehenge rhyolites

Posted by Steve Burrow on May 29, 2013
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Richard Bevins and Rob Ixer have published an article testing Thomas’s 1923 theory that the Stonehenge rhyolitic bluestones were derived from Carn Alw. Building on geochemical investigations, their reanalysis of Thomas’s original thin sections have disproved this provenance.

The full article can be found here.

Review of Stone Axe Studies 3

Posted by Steve Burrow on April 06, 2012
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The Prehistoric Society has published a very favourable review of Stone Axe Studies 3, written by former Vice-President Pete Topping.

Pete concludes that SAS 3 is “a useful and important book which should be read by everyone interested in early material culture and the production and use of axes and what they might have meant to their contemporary communities”. Read the full review here.