palstave axe; Bronze Age; England, Oxfordshire, Abingdon-on-Thames, findspot; 19...

From

Abingdon County Hall Museum

Name/Title

palstave axe

About this object

Bronze palstaves are an early type of solid axe made by casting molten metal into a mould. Either a narrow end was embedded into a forked branch, up to a stop bar; or a more complicated mould was used to create a hollow centre or 'socket' for the handle, with a loop often added to help fasten the blade into position using leather or fibre throngs. These axes could have been used as tools or weapons.

Date Made

2700-800BC

Date Made

Bronze Age

Period

Bronze Age

Place Made

England, Oxfordshire, Abingdon-on-Thames, findspot

Place Notes

Found near Abingdon-on-Thames.

Subject and Association Keywords

Abingdon-on-Thames

Subject and Association Keywords

axe

Subject and Association Keywords

bronze

Subject and Association Keywords

Bronze Age

Subject and Association Keywords

warfare

Subject and Association Keywords

tool

Subject and Association Keywords

trade

Subject and Association Description

Using heat to process minerals into metals started by making copper from its green ore. In Britain, from around 2100BC, tin was added to copper to make the alloy bronze. Tin from Devon and Cornwall was taken by ship as far as the Mediterranean during the Bronze Age.

Medium and Materials

bronze

Style and Iconography

Bronze Age

Technique

cast

Measurements

length 165mm / width 70mm

Collection

Oxfordshire County Museum Service

Object Type

weapon, axe

Object number

1980.96.940

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axe
bronze
Bronze Age
tool
trade
weapon

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