Early Bronze Age Flat Axehead
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An almost complete Early Bronze Age cast copper-alloy undecorated developed flat axe (c. 2050 - 1700 BC).
This implement is sub-rectangular in plan and pointed-oval in side view. In plan, the end of the butt is rounded and the sides are parallel and have a width of about 23.0mm and a maximum thickness of 13.17mm. The long side-edges of the axe have been raised to form slight flanges. These seem to have been cast rather than hammer-raised. The septum begins about 44.0mm from the butt where it is slightly bevelled rather than being a stop. At this point it has a thickness of 10.98mm and tapers towards the butt where it is 1.49mm thick. In plan, the blade curves and flares outwards to form a crescent shape. One of the corners of the blade and a small portion of the butt end is missing due to breaks. The cutting edge is evenly curved but slightly asymmetrical.
This axe is corroded and abraded overall and has small patches of a dark green patina. It has active bronze disease. There is no indication of any decoration.
Length: 103.29mm; width: 42.30mm; thickness: 13.17mm. Weight: 158.52g.
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