Stone Age jade from the Alps
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
Various kinds of Alpine rock – mostly jadeitite, omphacitite and eclogite
Extracted rock from Mont Viso, south-west of Turin and Mont Beigua above Genoa, Italy
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.
Mont Viso, north Italy…
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