Neolithic Axe

Archaeologists working at Shankill found a Neolithic stone axehead that is over 5,000 years old and was made from a very specific type of stone called Langdale tuff.

From the stone type, we know that it came all the way from Cumbria in northwest England where it was quarried from mountain tops such as the Pike o’ Stickle.

The discovery of this axe is evidence of contact and exchange between people in Roscommon and England during the Neolithic.