Historical knowledge

Gifts in the stone-packing grave

Grave goods have sometimes been found in the stone-packing graves, which have usually been placed in the ‘mortuary house’. Most often these are flint axes and chisels. On rare occasions prestigious battle-axes of greenstone are also found. The flint implements are of the highest quality and are normally unused. They are of the same standard as the axes that the Neolithic people were sacrificing at the same time in bogs and at passage graves.

This battle axe of greenstone, which is 22 cm long, was found together with a flint axe in a stone-packing grave in Vroue Hede south of Skive. Greenstone is much easier to sculpt than flint.

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