A study of 25 probably Middle Neolithic polished axes discovered at the beginning of the 20th Century in the site of Chastel-sur-Murat (Cantal, France), allowed to establish the origin of these objects. Some were shaped in rocks of the sector (basalts and fibrolites). The other ones result from regions several hundred kilometres apart: cinerite from Aveyron, flint from Berry, eclogite from the Italian Alps. This surprising variety confirms the existence of long-distance traffic currents of lithic raw materials during the Neolithic.
polished axes, raw material, Neolithic, Middle Neolithic, flintstone, cinerite, eclogite, France