A huge Middle Bronze Age heavy-cast palstave axe. The axe features flanged wings on both sides, with the blade tapering towards an expanding, slightly convex cutting edge. The bronze is smooth and covered by a beautiful dark olive-green patina.
Date: Circa 1500 - 1200 BC Period: Middle Bronze Age Provenance: From an American collector based in Palm Beach, Florida Condition: Excellent condition, complete and intact. Supplied with custom-made stand.
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. 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.
To discover more about Celtic culture, please visit our relevant blog post: Bronze Age Britain.
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