AXES AND CELTS
AFRICA, EUROPE, AMERICAS & NEW GUINEA
COPYRIGHT FEBRUARY 28, 2014 PETER A. BOSTROM
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     This picture shows a group of axes and celts from different areas in the world. There is a wide variety of styles and sizes. Some are very simple while others are so finely crafted they were obviously used as display and ritual items. The axes that fall in between these two parameters, worldwide, were made in every conceivable shape.  Axe styles range from flat to almost round or even square in cross-section. Their outside edge (silhouette) can be, rectangular, triangular, oval, teardrop, or even T-shaped. Like projectile point types, there is a great variety of main and sub-type styles of axes. The axe with the handle, to the right in the picture, was collected in New Guinea. The very large celt at the left, was reportedly found in one of the Sahara desert region countries of either Mali or Niger. Other axes in this picture were found on sites in Arizona, Guatemala, Denmark, and Panama.

Ten axes from different areas of the world.

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