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A late Neolithic macehead from Kingston upon Thames

D Field & J Penn

The implement was found by building contractors in 1965 and is now in the Kingston Museum. It is likely to have come from the sediments of an ancient river channel which was located by archaeological excavation in 1977 at Eden Walk, some 100m to the south-west. At Eden Walk, layers containing sherds of Mortlake Ware and other material similar in date to the macehead were sealed by organic peat with a radiocarbon date of 1610 +/- 90 bc – though it must be stressed that there is no definite stratigraphic correlation between these deposits and those that produced the macehead.

Petrological examination showed the stone to be an andesite from a source in the Breidden Hills of north Wales, perhaps near Shrewsbury.

[Transactions 32 (1981), pp 15 – 17; abstract by Francis Grew, 12-Dec-1997

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