A talk by James Dilley. The polished stone axe in British archaeology holds a very strong position in its understanding as a functioning tool and social marker. Over the last 30 years experiments have been conducted to test stone axe capabilities. However testing different British axe materials and comparing them experimentally has never been done. Until now. Find out the surprising and exciting world of the Life and Death of the British Neolithic Axe in experimental archaeology! James is a craftsman and re-enactor who specialises in prehistoric technologies and has over 10 years experience of flint-knapping. He works with museums, schools, YAC, archaeologists, heritage centres, media ( including Time Team; Coast; National Geographic), photographers and geologists in research and experimental archaeology. His outreach objective is to encourage people of all ages to learn about ancient crafts by bringing back to life our ancestors skills and knowledge from the primitive past. He was also responsible for producing the replica tools at the Stonehenge Visitor Centre.