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Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center

Axe

January 27, 2016

AxesStone axes made from pecking and grinding materials such as granite or basalt were in use throughout the Archaic period, with the full-grooved axes made first, and the three-quarter grooved axes more typical of the Middle and Late Archaic periods. Experiments with use of both steel and stone axes indicate that both will cut down a tree, but the stone axe does require more time and effort.