Kansas MemoryKansas Memory

Kansas Historical SocietyKansas Historical Society

An Axe and Maul from Haskell County - Page

To order images and/or obtain permission to use them commercially, please contact the KSHS Reference Desk at KSHS.reference@ks.gov or 785-272-8681, ext. 117.


For more information see the Copyright and Permission FAQ.

This axe and maul were given to the donor's great aunt, a teacher in Sublette, in 1920 by her students who had collected them from a nearby gravel pit. Ninety-nine years later the donor's great niece donated them to the Kansas Historical Society. While 3/4-grooved axes are frequently recovered from late Archaic sites, their use is not restricted to that time period. The axe gets its name from the hafting groove that encircles 3/4 of the body. The bit end of the axe has acquired a silica polish from the wood it has cut. The maul is also 3/4 grooved and was used as a hammer. Both ends and the top of the maul show battering marks. Tools like these are made by pecking a hard stone into a rough shape and then grinding and polishing it into its final state.

Date: Unknown

Bookbag Share Print

An Axe and Maul from Haskell County - 1An Axe and Maul from Haskell County - 2An Axe and Maul from Haskell County - 3An Axe and Maul from Haskell County - 4

An Axe and Maul from Haskell County - 1

Item Number: 505092
Call Number: 14HK 2019.G.1 & .2 Baena donation
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 505092

Copyright © 2007-2021 - Kansas Historical Society - Contact Us
This website was developed in part with funding provided by the Information Network of Kansas.