This beautifully crafted and finished artefact made 6,000 years ago, in the Neolithic (New Stone Age) era. It is one of the very best examples of its kind anywhere – a real treasure, discovered in Dorset.
A first glance will tell you that this item was not created for practical use; reinforcing status of the holder at gatherings, or perhaps a feature of ceremonial significance – but definitely not used for chopping firewood! Its glossy finish would have taken hundreds of hours to complete, and thus highlights its incredible value.
It is made of jadeite from an outcrop in the Italian Alps, a couple of thousand miles away; this says a lot about the significance of trade routes in those times!