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Projet Jade

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Perthshire Society of Natural Science
Projet Jade
With Dr Alison Sheridan
Thursday 12th April 7.30pm
£9/£5 U26s 

Artefacts Talk
A new exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland, PROJET JADE, which opened in May this year, showcases a rarely seen collection of Stone Age jade axeheads found in Scotland, most of which were created over 6,000 years ago and brought here around 4,000 years ago by immigrant French farmers. Discover the history of this natural stone, the people who owned these axeheads, and the history and beliefs of the Neolithic people responsible for the complicated process which turned jade into a precious and prized possession.

The tough Alpine rocks are difficult to work and it took over 1,000 hours to make a highly polished axehead.

A new exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland, PROJET JADE, which opened in May this year, showcases a rarely seen collection of Stone Age jade axeheads found in Scotland, most of which were created over 6,000 years ago and brought here around 4,000 years ago by immigrant French farmers.

Jade is not found in Britain – this particular rock comes from Mont Viso, located south-west of Turin and Mont Beigua in Italy. People who made the jade axeheads climbed to heights of over 2,000 metres to extract the rock, then made the axeheads at their settlements.

The history of the axeheads was discovered by a French-led group of researchers involved in National Museums Scotland’s Projet Jade, led by Pierre and Anne-Marie Pétrequin – they took a Europe-wide approach, finding the source of jade high in the Italian Alps.

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