A large Bronze Age bronze palstave axe head featuring a square butt, leaf-shaped flanges with shoulder ridge on each side below stop and with a sloping ledge stop. The blade is splayed with a worn cutting edge. The bronze is smooth and covered by a beautiful dark olive-green patina.
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.