Jade, grandes haches alpines du néolithique européen
Ve et IVe millénaires av. J-C
5,000 years ago, large polished jade stone axes played an important social and religious role among populations that were geographically very distant from one another.
To this day, some villages in Papua New Guinea still consider the polished jade stone axe a particularly valuable item. This can also be seen at various European archaeological sites, where as a result of encounters and trade, jade from the Monte Viso mountains in the Italian Alps could be found in Brittany, Denmark, Greece and Sicily. An unparalleled distribution of trade at that time.
"Jade, Grandes haches alpines du Néolithique européen" explores European prehistoric sites that demonstrates the prestige of polished jade stone, a symbol of wealth and immortality. A history is also revealed of archaeological discoveries and the techniques used by researchers to reconstruct the history of the Alpine axe in Europe in the 5th and 4th centuries BC.