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Neolithic Axes have been found in Iron Age and Roman Contexts

Known as 'Thunderbolts' they may have been found in ploughed fields and interpreted as thunderbolts from electrical storms.

They were symbols of Jupiter, Taranis, or Odin.

Alternatively, they were symbols of the ancestors and were collected for their antiquity.

  Neolithic Flint Axe    


Further information - References to the ancient past during the Roman period

Scottish Thunderbolts

Adkins L. and Adkins R. 1985 Neolithic axes from Roman sites in Britain. Oxford Journal of Archaeology 4:69-75


Lecture by Kevin Flude - prepared for 'Creative Practice in Narrative Environments'

MA course at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design & developed for University College Worcester

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