A European Bronze Age socketed axe head featuring a corded band around the socket, side loop, and beautiful patination all over. The casting seam is visible above and below where the two halves have been joined.
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.
Date: Circa 1200-800 BC