A British Bronze Age cast bronze socketed axe head featuring a straight cutting edge and side loop for attachment. The casting seam is visible above and below where the two halves have been joined. The blade displays a fine green patination to its surface.
Date: Circa 2500-800 BC Period: Britain, Bronze Age Condition: Very fine, bright green patina covering the surface.
European Bronze Age farmers differed from their stone-cutting predecessors – they used horses and chariots to work, kept flocks of sheep to make woollen clothing and used bronze as a standard commodity of exchange. The technological development that occurred in that time was rapid: the manufacture of tools and weapons increased and specialised equipment for shaving, woodworking and metalworking was created. Axes such as this one would have been used primarily for clearing woodland and for shaping timber but would also have proved useful in battles. Although, axe heads would have been also buried with the deceased, hence their frequent occurrence in archaeological excavations of ancient cemeteries.
To discover more about Bronze Age culture, please visit our relevant blog post: Bronze Age Britain.
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