Bronze Age Axehead

A beautifully preserved Middle Bronze-Age Palstave Axe-head dating from the second millennium B.C.E.

 

The Palstave Axe (erroneously named after an ancient Icelandic digging tool – the Palstabe) is, much like the lanceolate-bladed spearhead, a classic artefact of the British Bronze Age and high on the wish-list of almost every metal detectorist and history enthusiast.

 

There are well over a dozen types of British Palstave Axe-head – this particular piece being an example of a Group II Early Non-Looped Palstave, displaying the spatulate blade, midrib and raised edges beyond the central stop, which are all typical of its type. 

 

This 3000-year-old piece is particularly interesting as it retains both casting lines and flaws. Have a look at this blogpost for a possible answer to this ancient condundrum!

Provenance

Acquired by Timeless in 2017 on the specialist UK antiquities market, formerly in a private collection of a London gentleman.

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