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    Today we came across this axe head in my grandfather’s belongings. A note with the item stated that it was found by a relative in 1870 in Athens County, Ohio on a hilltop. The axe is very large. I placed a quarter in the photos for reference. The majority of the axe head is extremely polished, it has grooves on three sides, and it has a very fine point. Any info on the item would be helpful. It almost seems too large and too nice to have been used. Could it be ceremonial? I’ve never been to Ohio and know nothing of the Indians from the area. I’ll definitely be doing some research tonight. Thanks!
    Back end Bottom view Very fine edge

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    Beautiful Beast!
    http://joshinmo.weebly.com

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    • #3
      WOW.
      That is outstanding.
      Bruce
      In life there are losers and finders. Which one are you?

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      • #4
        Nice three quarter grooved axe.
        TN formerly CT Visit our store http://stores.arrowheads.com/store.p...m-Trading-Post

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        • #5
          Not a whole lot of ceremonial wood chopping going on, but a tool like that would have been extremely important, and also in order to be used more effectively, would need to be well made....
          thats real beauty!,

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          • Jkarvise
            Jkarvise commented
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            Good point Jethro. I don’t know much of anything about ceremonial items. Thanks for th input!

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          I have a full grooved axe that weighs close to 14 pounds. That is a full sized news paper under it. Click image for larger version

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          • Jethro355
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            This one was actually used for the ceremonial slaying of dinosaurs!

            Good lord, it would take a mountain of a man to swing that...

          • BabaORiley
            BabaORiley commented
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            Hoss is that the one that was found next to an old stone fence line? I seem to remember that massive axe...

          • Tam
            Tam commented
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            Hoss I have to ask .. what’s the story in that monster . Not to take away from JK but whoa

        • #7
          That's both a beauty & a beast! Very very nice!
          Child of the tides

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          • #8
            That is an awesome axe Jkar. It is in really great shape also. It could have been left on that hilltop for safe keepings as it was too heavy for travel...maybe to be used on the way back through and whomever stashed it never came back. Really awesome axehead man...
            The chase is better than the catch...

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            • #9
              That is one heck of a nice Axe! Thanks for sharing!
              Josh (Ky/Tn collector)

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              • #10
                That's a great axe. Those grooved axes go back as far as the Middle Archaic (8,000 B.P.). Thank you for sharing.

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                • #11
                  Thanks all for your input. Greatly appreciated! I just about passed out when my mom pulled this out of a dresser drawer. I can only dream of finding something so nice on a hilltop.

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                  • #12
                    That's one monster axe. Thanks for sharing.

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