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Mesolithic woodworking tool

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Through time and across the world, humans have needed to smoothe and shape wood. The form of the tool that different human groups have developed has been similar across cultures. Not only does this give us an insight into the creativity of the human mind, it also allows archaeologists to use later examples of the tool to help them understand ancient ones and can give us information about how ancient peoples may have used the tools. Here are some more adzes from different periods and places.

Copper adze

copper_adze

Date: 1500 – 500 BC

From: Nihavand, Iran

Material: copper alloy

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Shell adze

shell_adze

Date: 20th century AD

From: Solomon Islands

Material: shell

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Iron adze

iron_adze

Date: 1st century AD

From Roman London

Materials: iron, wood

See more See more: http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/highlights/highlight_objects/pe_prb/i/iron_adze-hammer.aspx

Bronze adze

bronze_adze

Date: 1479 – 1425 BC

From Deir el-Bahari, Thebes, Egypt

Materials: bronze, wood, rawhide

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Indonesian adze

indonesian_adze

Date: 20th century AD

From: Indonesia

Materials: wood, iron, palm

See more See more: http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.aspx?objectId=553039&partId=1&searchText=adze&images=true&page=1

Stone adze

stone_adze

Date: 19th century AD

From: Vancouver Island, Canada

Material: stone

See more See more: http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.aspx?objectId=536015&partId=1&searchText=adze&images=true&page=1
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