A crescent shaped bronze sickle blade. One side is flat, whilst the other features a wide, shallow groove along the length of the blade. The sickle is rounded off at the point, and the other end finishes in a rounded stud. The bronze features some very attractive green patination.
Date: Circa 16th-6th Century BC Condition: Very fine condition. Mounted pn a custom made stand ideal for display.
European Bronze Age farmers differed from their stone-cutting predecessors – they used horses and chariots to work; kept flocks of sheep for woollen clothing; and used bronze as a standard commodity of exchange. Technological development was rapid, the manufacture of tools and weapons increased and specialised equipment emerged for shaving, woodworking, and metalworking. The sickle blade was a common tool during the Bronze Age in Europe, and served an agricultural purpose, harvesting crops or cutting forage. However, many further sickles have been found with a symbolic or religious significance attached to them.
To discover more about Celtic culture, please visit our relevant blog post: Bronze Age Britain.
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