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Axe Head Takes Up Its Place In New Museum

Friday June 21 2013

Joann Fletcher with the axe head Joann Fletcher with the axe head

AN axe head which is thought to be 5,000 years old will take up its place in the new Experience Barnsley museum.

The Neolithic implement was discovered when Scout Dike reservoir was built between Penistone and Ingbirchworth in the 1920s.

It was kept at Barnsley Corporation water works until it was taken home by Bob Wadsworth’s dad in the 1970s.

Bob, 69, from Dodworth, said: "My father worked at the water works and ended up with it. He brought it to our house 30 or 40 years ago and gave it to one of my sons.

"Over the years it was used as a doorstop and spent the rest of the time in the back of the garden shed.

"When I heard about the museum wanting artefacts I thought they might want to add this to the display so people could appreciate it."

Joann Fletcher, a research fellow at the University of York and who was brought up in Barnsley, is an archaeological consultant on the collection at Experience Barnsley.

"The axe head is one of many brilliant things in the Barnsley collection," she said. "It’s a fantastic representation of the treasures that are going to be on display and there are some really mind-boggling items.

“It also allows us to date Barnsley’s history back thousands of years. The history of Barnsley only dated back to early medieval times before this but we can now push it back much further than that."

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Reply Posted by Wedge on Sunday June 23 2013 at 20:51
I want this as the hole is the perfect size for my old man and I could keep it in my shed and spend the odd 10 mins with it on my own if you no what I mean lol

Reply Posted by Wedge on Sunday June 23 2013 at 20:53
Plus I will be thinking of the old frizzy red head tonight holding the axe head for me

Reply Posted by lol @wedge on Monday June 24 2013 at 18:13
you wish ;-)

Reply Posted by neer mind owd cock on Monday June 24 2013 at 20:16
Sham innit when ya find an owd stone chopper is bigger than thine ;o/