Archaeological Collection

Shaft-hole and Flat axes

Shaft-hole and Flat axes
Item name:Shaft-hole and Flat axes
Dating:2700–2400 BC
Findspot:Ig – Dežman pile-dwelling sites
On display:The Earliest Stories from the Crossroads


Select stone axes from Dežman pile-dwelling sites near Ig. Most are made of metamorphic serpentinite. Depos - its of this rock lie in the eastern Alps, in the Po - horje Hills and the area between the High Tauern mountain range and the hills west of Graz in Austrian Styria. The three axes at the bottom are 3.5 to 5 cm long and were probably used as chisels.


1. Shaft-hole axes, stone, d. 11,5 cm, Inv. No. B 48.
2. Shaft-hole axes, stone, d. 10,5 cm, Inv. No. B 50.
3. Shaft-hole axes, stone, d. 10,4 cm, Inv.No. B 47.
4. Shaft-hole axes, stone, d. 9,5 cm, Inv. No. B 45.
5. Shaft-hole axes, stone, d. 10 cm, Inv. No. B 46.
6. Flat axes, stone, d. 12,9 cm, Inv.No. B 69.
7. Flat axes, stone, l. 11,8 cm, Inv. No. B 68.
8. Flat axes, stone, l. 9,4 cm, Inv. No. B 70.
9. Flat axes, stone, l. 8,9 cm, Inv. No. B 72.
10. Flat axes, stone, l. 6,6 cm, Inv. No. B 66.
11. Flat axes, stone, l. 9,4 cm, Inv. No. B 71.
12. Flat axes, stone, l. 7,6 cm, Inv. No. B 67.
13. Flat axes, stone, l. 4 cm, Inv. No. B 64.
14. Flat axes, stone, l. 5,1 cm, Inv. No. B 65.
15. Flat axes, stone, l. 3,5 cm, Inv. No. B 63.

Further reading

Turk, Peter and Turk, Matija, 2019: The Earliest Stories from the Crossroads, Ljubljana, Fig. 188, pp. 146, 246.

On display in the Permanent Exhibition