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Ancient Celtic Socketed Axe 1000 - 900 BC - Bronze Age

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Seller: krytska (71) 100%, Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 182363416978 Early Neolithic Era Bronze Age Celtic Socketed Axe 1000 - 900 BC.Material - BronzeWeight 88 gr (3.1 oz)Length 3.35" (8.5 cm)Width 1.4" (3.5 cm)Found near Ternopil, Ukraine. This rare, early Celtic bronze axe heads was forged during the late Bronze and early Iron ages. Axes were crafted during a time in Europe when the use of copper and bronze tools coincided with great leaps in human development around the world. The possession of bronze tools and weapons, as opposed to those of stone, meant power, and individuals of high status attained and maintained their position by controlling the supply and exchange of copper alloy goods. Because of this association with power, many bronze items were buried with their owners or makers, or thrown in rivers and marshes as votive offerings. The discovery of artifacts from this era is always a cause for excitement, and to find such a large collection of beautifully preserved items on the market is quite momentous.The Celtic Iron Age roughly describes the period from about 1200 BC until the Roman conquest of Britain and northern France. It was a time of huge social and economic change. It witnessed the end of the Bronze Age cycle of subsistence farming and the beginning of a more complex Europe, which in all its essentials was to change little until the age of exploration and the conquering of the oceans in the 16th Century.From the late Neolithic/Chalcolithic onwards, axes were made of copper or copper mixed with arsenic. These axes were flat and hafted much like their stone predecessors. Axes continued to be made in this manner with the introduction of Bronze metallurgy. Eventually the hefting method changed and the flat axe developed into the 'flanged axe,' then palstaves, and later winged and socketed axes. Material: Bronze

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