Mesolithic woodworking tool

A bigger picture

Through time and across the world, humans have needed to smoothe and shape wood. The form of the tool that different human groups have developed has been similar across cultures. Not only does this give us an insight into the creativity of the human mind, it also allows archaeologists to use later examples of the tool to help them understand ancient ones and can give us information about how ancient peoples may have used the tools. Here are some more adzes from different periods and places.

Copper adze


Date: 1500 – 500 BC

From: Nihavand, Iran

Material: copper alloy

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Shell adze


Date: 20th century AD

From: Solomon Islands

Material: shell

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Iron adze


Date: 1st century AD

From Roman London

Materials: iron, wood

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Bronze adze


Date: 1479 – 1425 BC

From Deir el-Bahari, Thebes, Egypt

Materials: bronze, wood, rawhide

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Indonesian adze


Date: 20th century AD

From: Indonesia

Materials: wood, iron, palm

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Stone adze


Date: 19th century AD

From: Vancouver Island, Canada

Material: stone

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Mesolithic woodworking tool