The Celts were a collection of tribal groups with origins in central Europe as early as 1200 B.C. Living through the Late Bronze Age and Iron Age (700 BC – 400 AD), these tribes and their cultural material migrated and established their presence throughout western Europe, including Britain, Ireland, France and Spain. During this time, Celtic metalwork saw a rapid technological development. The manufacture of tools and weapons increased and specialised in producing equipment for shaving, woodworking, and metalworking. Axe heads such as this one would have been used primarily for clearing woodland and for shaping timber, but would also have proved useful in battles.
Celtic Iron Axe Head
A fine Celtic socketed axe head cast from iron featuring a rectangular body with the sides extending outwards towards the convex cutting edge. To the other end, a socket for the attachment of a wooden shaft. This axe head was found in the East Midlands.
Provenance: From a Surrey gentleman's collection (DG) formed 1990's onward, previously ex szolin collection.
Condition: Excellent condition.