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Bronze Age Implements

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Bronze Age Britain refers to the period of British history that spanned from c. 2500 until c. 800 BC. Lasting for approximately 1,700 years, it was preceded by the era of Neolithic Britain and was in turn followed by the era of Iron Age Britain.

 

2750 Beaker People arrive

2600 Avebury and Silbury Hill     
2300
Early Bronze Age
Drier and warm
Food vessels and urns
Copper mining Great Orme
Standing stones, Ring cairns, stone circles, round barrows

Vancouver Brent's early bronze age flat axe C 2000 BC

Canadian Victor's early bronze age flat axe C 2000 BC

 

C1000 BC Miniature Bronze Age votive axe head 9.98g, 46.22mm

 

 

2000 BC Early Bronze Age flat axe - 95.92mm L x 43.11mm W

2000 BC Early Bronze Age flat axe

74.05mm L x 59.73mm W

 

2000 BC bronze flat axe - very rare find for Essex

47.46mm L x 35.71mm W

 

2000 BC Early Bronze Age flat axe

 

2100 Stonehenge bluestone circles      
2000 Stonehenge sarsen circle      

1500-1200 BC Late Bronze Age arrow head

A palstave is a development of the flat axe, where the shaped sides are cast rather than hammered

Bronze Age (c.1500-1400BC) cast copper alloy primary shield pattern palstave, dating to the Acton Park Phase. It is damaged and incomplete, with active copper corrosion. The butt end is missing, and the flange damaged. There is a prominent stop ridge, with a shield shaped depression just below on both surfaces. There is a casting flaw just above the stop ridge on one surface, which has created a small void, approximately 10mm deep, and 3.6mm by 2.6mm wide. The blade expands out into a concentric cutting edge, which is extremely worn. The axe is 135.10mm long, and is 24.95mm wide, 7.95mm thick at the butt end, with the damaged flange increasing the thickness to 21.21mm. It is 27.73mm wide, 27.16mm thick at the stop ridge, and the cutting edge is 53.84mm wide. The axe has a dark green patina, however most of the original surface has been removed, leaving a pitted, light green surface. A casting seam is visible through the corrosion on one side - Found by Florida Don

Bronze Age (c.1500-1400BC) cast copper alloy primary shield pattern palstave, dating to the Acton Park Phase

137.33mm L x 49.01mm W

Bronze Age (c.1500-1400BC) cast copper alloy primary shield pattern palstave, dating to the Acton Park Phase

68.25mm L x 29.97

734

154mm x 54mm

Bronze Age Axe (c.1500-1400BC) cast copper alloy primary shield pattern palstave, dating to the Acton Park Phase.

Bronze Age (c.1500-1400BC) cast copper alloy primary shield pattern palstave, dating to the Acton Park Phase

137.5 mm L x 53.5mm W

 

 

Early Bronze Age and early Middle Bronze Age, c. 1600-1300 BC. Bronze Age chisel

99.9mm L x 16.9mm W

 

 

Middle Bronze age socket spear head 1500-1100 BC

85.26mm L x 25.57mm W - socketed dia 18.88 mm

850BC Bronze Age socketed axe fragment

Middle Bronze age 850 BC socketed bronze axe head

49.8mm w x 38.9mm L

Bronze Age (c.1500-1400BC) cast copper alloy primary shield pattern palstave, dating to the Acton Park Phase

91.52mm L x 26.56 mm W

Middle Bronze age 850 BC socketed bronze axe head

 

850 BC Bronze Age socketed axe head

850 BC Bronze Age socketed axe head

850 BC Bronze Age socketed axe head

1550 Stonehenge in present form

 

Two C 1250 BC socketed axes

1400
Middle Bronze Age
Drier and warm
bronzes
Gold mining
Kerb cairns
1100
Late Bronze Age
Wet and cold
Secondary burials in barrows

Mass Linda socketed axe head fragment C 1000 BC

C1000 BC Bronze Age socketed axe head fragment 37.44mm L 55.91mm W x 13.52 mm T

Bronze Age bronze socketed implement fragment - very worn 10.93g ,29.46 mm L x 15.29mm W

C1000 BC Bronze Age socketed implement fragment 35.57 mm L x 21.99 mm W

C1000BC Bronze age socketed axe fragment showing signs of heavy wear 38.63 mm L x 36.10mm W x 12.79mm T found by NH Dave

1000 BC Bronze age socketed axe fragment

c1000 BC Bronze Age socketed implement fragment

1000 BC Bronze Age socketed axe fragment 2000 BC Bronze Age British flat axe fragment

1000 BC Bronze Age socketed axe fragment

 

 

 

 

850BC Bronze age socketed axe

 

1000
Earliest hillforts
Wet and cold

Middle Bronze age axe head hoard C 800 BC found by Mass Bruce

Mass Bruce's fragement left and Mass Linda's 2nd socketed axe head fragment

C 800 BC

850BC Bronze Age socketed axe 79.73g, 53.86mm L x 44.24mm W

850 BC Bronze Age socketed axe 37.04 W x 30.58mm L47.54g

 

850 BC Bronze age socketed axe head -101.9 mm long

What looks like our first 850 BC Bronze Age side axe with a huge chunk of Bronze Age casting waste nearby

 

750
Iron Age
Wet and cold
Hillforts
400 Middle Iron Age Warmer and drier Thrown pots Salt trade, iron industry Standing stones