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3/4 Grooved Axe from Geary County

3/4 Grooved Axe from Geary County
Date: Unknown
This 3/4 grooved axe was found in Geary County and donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1963. While 3/4 grooved axes are frequently recovered from late Archaic sites, their use is not restricted to that time period. Axes like these are made by pecking a hard stone into a rough shape and then grinding and polishing it into its final state. They get their name from the hafting groove the encircles 3/4 of its body.


Felling Axe from 14EL430

Felling Axe from 14EL430
Date: 1869-1870
This axe head was collected at a historic site that may be the location of General George A. Custer and the Seventh Calvary's camp. The site is near Fort Hays in Ellis County. The axe is designed for felling trees, with a thin sharp bit end that tapers out toward the head. It was cleaned by electrolysis which passes an electrical current through a liquid solution to separate the rust from the artifact.


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