A small Bronze Age socketed axe head with a side loop, a corded band around the socket, and a circular pattern that wraps around the piece. The casting seam is visible above and below where the two halves have been joined. The surface displays a nice light green patination and some earthly encrustations on the exterior and interior.
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