University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:2282
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Late Paleolithic (uncertain)
Jomon (uncertain)
Provenience: Japan
Kanagawa Prefecture
Period: Late Paleolithic (uncertain)
Jomon (uncertain)
Date Made: Late Paleolithic, Japan - Jomon
Early Date: -30000
Late Date: -400
Inscription Language:English Language
Credit Line:Gift of Francis C. Macauley, 1890


Adze. Crudely fashioned. Elongated axe shape. Wide at one end and narrow at the other. Thick. Bifacially chipped. Dark stone with lighter striations. Unground adzes may have been used as a hoe for digging and harvesting roots, bulbs and other wild plants. They could also have served as a woodworking tool. They were made from pebbles which were carefully selected for their shape. The cutting edge was created by chipping at either one or both sides to form a sharp edge. The opposite end is usually thicker. This type is associated with the Late Paleolithic Period. However, rough stone tools also appear in Jomon sites in a variety of shapes including axe shaped, triangular and bowtie-shaped forms. Thus this form may be either Late Paleolithic or Jomon Period.


[Article] Hutterer, Karl L., and Barnes, Gina L., and Pearson, Richard J., and Maeyama, Kiyoaki, and Akazawa, Takeru. 1986. "Discriminant Function Analysis of Later Jomon Settlements". Windows on the Japanese Past: Studies in Archaeology and Prehistory. Ann Arbor. University of Michigan. pg. 279-292 Type Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 289-290View Objects related to this Type Citation

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