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Among the objects in the Thurrock Museum is a stone age cleaver from Belhus Park.

Cleavers are made from a core, like hand-axes, or from a large flake. These are well designed, versatile tools that would have been used for butchering animals, smashing bones, cutting up vegetables and plant foods, chopping down trees and for wood-working.

This particular cleaver was found in Belhus Park, Aveley. The 50 pence piece shows the size of the cleaver.

The museum has 26 paintings, including portraits and topographical works

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