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Native American grooved axe head

In the museum collection, this stone tool is called a tomahawk. It is an archaic period grooved axe which may be as old as 4,000 years. Native people probably used stone tools like this axe to fell trees and chop frozen meat. Not all stone axes had grooves and we don't know what the groove was really for. However, we can guess that the groove was carved out so that a handle could be more easily hafted (attached to a wooden handle).

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