Photographs of a selection of sites visited by IPG members, mostly during the groups field visits. Each of these sites preserve the remains of Neolithic or Early Bronze Age quarry activity.
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No precise source has been identified for axes of this group (Group XX), but the general area has been located. Unfortunately, very few of the potential outcrops are publicly accessible. <br /><br /> Reference: Shotton, F.W. 1959. \"New petrological groups based on axes from the West Midlands.\" Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society 25, 135-53.
Source of Group VII axes. Much of the original mountain has been quarried away, but some areas of axe working still remain.<br /><br /> Reference: Williams, J. L. and Davidson, A. 1998. \"Survey and excavation at the Graiglwyd Neolithic axe factory, Penmaenmawr.\" Archaeology in Wales 38: 3-21.
The largest surviving axe production area in the British Isles and source of Group VI axes.<br /><br /> Reference: Claris, P and Quartermaine, J. 1989. \"The Neolithic quarries and axe-factory sites of Great Langdale and Scafell Pike: a new field survey\". Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society 55, 1-26.
General area from which Group I axes were derived - now presumed to be submerged.<br /><br /> Reference: Markham, M. 2009. \"The Devil\'s in the Detail: A review of Group I and III Petrographic Thin-Sections\". Internet Archaeology 26. (http://intarch.ac.uk/journal/issue26/markham_toc.html).
Carn Meini, the most famous of the outcrops in the Preseli Hills and one of the sources of the Stonehenge bluestones.<br /><br /> Reference: Thorpe, R. S., Williams-Thorpe, O., Jenkins, D. G., Watson, J. S. 1991. \"The geological sources and transport of the bluestones of Stonehenge, Wiltshire, UK.\" Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society 57:2: 103-57.