Surface find collected from Silkstead, Otterbourne, Hampshire
This small axehead would have been used for tree clearance by Hampshire's first farmers. It was created from a flint nodule, which would have been shaped by the removal of flint flakes with a stone or antler hammer. Originally the axehead would have been set in the socket of a wooden haft, not unlike a modern axe. Over several thousand years, the surface of this flint tool has been weathered by chemicals in the soil to form a white skin, or patina, and shows some staining by iron compounds.