Object of the Month

Axe head, USA


This ground axe head is grooved around three sides for haft bindings.  The axe head is very old, probably from the Archaic period (8000 BC-1000 BC).  Horatio Nelson Rust excavated the axe head in 1877.  He was an American archaeologist who had multiple careers and travelled widely across the United States.  The axe became part of the collection of Sir John Evans, Archaeologist and Geologist, and was donated to the Pitt Rivers Museum by his son, Sir Arthur Evans, an Archaeologist and Keeper of the Ashmolean Museum. 

Donated by Arthur John Evans in 1928; 1928.68.65 

Find this object in a new display of Archaeology in the Upper Gallery as part of the VERVE: Need / Make / Use project.