History & Heritage

Neolithic Axe Head Found in Beaumont Park

 February 2007

Axe HeadAn exciting find!  Our Woodland Management team found the axe head whilst preparing to plant a tree in the upper area of the park.







The West Yorkshire Archaeology Advisory Service reports that 6 similar axes or fragments of axes have been found in the Kirklees District.  These were discovered at Denby, Almondbury, Slaithwaite, Marsden, Fixby and Meltham. The 'find' is an earlier Neolithic (c. 3,500BC) polished flint axe.  It would have been sourced on the east coast of England; the manufacture of such a tool would involve the selection (and perhaps extraction) of a suitable rough cut which would undergo a process of grinding and polishing to create the finished axe. (Photo by Michael Radley)