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A place where stone axe‐heads were manufactured from fine‐grained rock during the Neolithic period in Europe. Axe factories include quarry sites where adits and pits follow bands of the desired rock into the ground, but in other cases exploited surface outcrops or detached boulders of suitable rock. Primary working involving the production of rough‐outs is usual, only a few sites having evidence for polishing and finishing. Very extensive axe factories are known at Great Langdale, England, Graig Llwyd, Wales, Tievebulliagh, Northern Ireland, and Plussulien, Brittany.

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