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Findspot - Prehistoric stone artefact

Summary Findspot - a Prehistoric stone artefact, possibly a hammer or a polishing stone. It was found 500m south east of Bermuda.
What Is It?  
Type: Findspot
Period: Late Prehistoric - Late Iron Age (500000 BC - 42 AD)
Where Is It?  
Parish: Nuneaton and Bedworth
District: Nuneaton and Bedworth, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 35 89
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
Sites & Monuments Record

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1 Found a few years before 1975 at Red Deeps, Griff, between the school and an abandoned diorite quarry. It is 18.5cm long, made from compact cemented siltstone, which is not a local rock but may have been a glacial erratic. This was probably a polishing stone, perhaps used to give the final surface to stone axes. Both rounded terminals show marks of percussion, so that it was obviously used as a double-ended hammer. There is a sharply cut V-shaped groove, 7cm long at one end. It is possibly of Bronze Age origin, but is unique in the W Midlands. It is possible that the object was connected with the production of Group XIV axe-hammers.
2 Drawing.

Source No: 2
Source Type: Drawing
Title: Prehistoric stone artefact, Bermuda, Nuneaton
Author/originator: Shotton F W and Saville A
Date: 1975
Page Number: Fig 2
Volume/Sheet: 4
Source No: 1
Source Type: Serial
Title: PCNHSS vol 4
Author/originator: Shotton F W and Saville A
Date: 1975
Page Number: 279-82
Volume/Sheet: 4
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period Prehistoric About 500,000 BC to 42 AD

The Prehistoric period covers all the periods from the Palaeolithic to the end of the Iron Age.
This is a time when people did not write anything down so there is no documentary evidence for archaeologists to look at. Instead, the archaeologists look at the material culture belonging to the people and the places where they lived for clues about their way of life.

The Prehistoric period is divided into the Early Prehistoric and Later Prehistoric.
The Early Prehistoric period covers the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic periods.
The Later Prehistoric period covers Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age times.
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period Bronze Age About 2500 BC to 700 BC

The Bronze Age comes after the Neolithic period and before the Iron Age.

The day to day life of people in the Bronze Age probably changed little from how their ancestors had lived during the Neolithic period. They still lived in farmsteads, growing crops and rearing animals.

During the Bronze Age people discovered how to use bronze, an alloy of tin and copper (hence the name that has given to this era). They used it to make their tools and other objects, although they continued to use flint and a range of organic materials as well. A range of bronze axes, palstaves and spears has been found in Warwickshire.
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period Iron Age About 800 BC to 43 AD

The Iron Age comes after the Bronze Age and before the Roman period. It is a time when people developed the skills and knowledge to work and use iron, hence the name ‘Iron Age’ which is given to this period. Iron is a much tougher and more durable metal than bronze but it also requires more skill to make objects from it. People continued to use bronze during this period.
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monument SCHOOL * An establishment in which people, usually children, are taught. back
monument STONE * Use only where stone is natural or where there is no indication of function. back
monument FINDSPOT * The approximate location at which stray finds of artefacts were found. Index with object name. back
monument HAMMER * A machine in which a heavy block of metal is used for beating, breaking or driving something. back
monument QUARRY * An excavation from which stone for building and other functions, is obtained by cutting, blasting, etc. back

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