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Neolithic-era celt

Facts for Prelims (FFP)

Source: TH


Context: A celt, belonging to the Neolithic period, was discovered in Poothinatham by Tamil Nadu’s Department of Archaeology.

  • This celt was used as either a plough or an axe and was made of Doloraid stone.


What is a celt?

A celt is a prehistoric tool made of stone or metal, typically used as a cutting or shaping implement. It can serve as an axe, chisel, or adze, and was commonly used during the Neolithic period for various purposes such as woodworking, farming, and construction.

A shoe-last celt was a polished stone tool used during the early European Neolithic for felling trees and woodworking.


About the Neolithic period (also known as the New Stone Age) (10000 BC to 2200 BC)

It was a prehistoric era characterized by the development of agriculture, the domestication of animals, and the creation of settled communities. It marked a significant shift in human society from a nomadic hunter-gatherer lifestyle to one based on farming and permanent settlements.