A rarely seen collection of Stone Age jade axeheads found in Scotland, most of which were created over 6,000 years ago and brought here around 4,000 years ago by immigrant French farmers.
Jade is not found in Britain - this particular rock comes from Mont Viso, located south-west of Turin and Mont Beigua in Italy. People who made the jade axeheads climbed to heights of over 2,000 metres to extract the rock, then made the axeheads at their settlements.
The history of the axeheads was discovered by a French-led group of researchers involved in National Museums Scotland’s Projet Jade, led by Pierre and Anne-Marie Pétrequin - they took a Europe-wide approach, finding the source of jade high in the Italian Alps.
Dr Alison Sheridan, Principal Curator of Early Prehistory in the Department of Scottish History and Archaeology at the National Museum of Scotland, who gives the talk tonight, said that the Museum hopes to 'inspire and fascinate' people with the unique history of the 'extraordinary jade axeheads'.