Two bronze age axes showing development

Two bronze age axes showing development

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Credit: PAUL D STEWART/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: The axe on the left is a cast median winged axe thought to be manufactured in north east France between 1200-1100 BC. The wood mount is secured by the incurved wings and its progress forward down the blade restricted by a cast median ridge. The flanges at the top end (one broken) may be the hammered remnants of filled casting holes and may also have been used to help tie the axe into the handle. The later axe on the right is a socketed and looped axe from central europe, possibly Hungary from about 1000-800 BC. The mount is secured by entry into the socket and held by binding with the loop. This socketed axe retains a pattern reminiscent of the retaining wings of the earlier type which may give a clue to its development.

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Keywords: ax, axe, bronze age, casting, childe, design, evolution, haft, median, metal, pitt rivers, prehistoric, socketed, style, technology, tool, weapon, winged

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