palstave axe; Bronze Age; England, Oxfordshire, Abingdon-on-Thames, findspot; 19...
palstave axeAbout 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
Bronze AgePlace Made
Found near Abingdon-on-Thames.Subject and Association Keywords
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
bronzeStyle and Iconography
length 165mm / width 70mm
Oxfordshire County Museum ServiceObject Type
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