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Balls and a Hammer-Axe Head

North Caucasus, Maikop Burial Mound

3rd millenium BC

Stone

Diam of balls 2.7-3 cm, l of axe 15.6 cm

These stone balls are of regular geometric shape. They have a smooth surface, polished through use to a metallic shine. They were intended as projectiles for use with slings, but they are also thought to have been used as jewellery. The stone axe has elongated proportions with a slightly bulging blade, but there are no signs of artificial or natural deformation and no signs of wear.

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