Stoneage Jade from the Alps…

Hutts Green Planet

Found in Scotland, these exquisite axeheads were made over 6,000 years ago, high in the Italian Alps. Now, thanks to a French-led project involving National Museums Scotland – Projet Jade – their fascinating story can be told.

Jade axeheads fact file


Made over 6,000 years ago

Made from

Various kinds of Alpine rock – mostly jadeitite, omphacitite and eclogite

Made in

Extracted rock from Mont Viso, south-west of Turin and Mont Beigua above Genoa, Italy

On display

Stone Age Jade from the Alps display in Exhibition Gallery 4, Level 1, the National Museum of Scotland

Did you know?

These hard-won pieces of the mountains could have been regarded as having divine powers to protect and heal.

Green treasures from the magic mountains

Mont Viso, north Italy…

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