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.
British Bronze Age Socketed Axe Head
A Bronze Age socketed axe head with a straight cutting edge and side loop. Each face is decorated with a beveled side, and the weapon is mounted on a purpose-made presentation stand.
Period: Bronze Age
Provenance: From the collection of Alexander Cotton, bought 1970’s
Condition: Very fine. Mounted on a custom made stand.