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Socketed axe head found in Lambourn Woodlands

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This bronze axe head was excavated from Rooksnest Farm in Lambourn Woodland.  The axe has a socket in it to allow it to be fitted to a wooden handle.  On the side of the axe head is a small loop.  This loop would have a piece of cord tied to it that was attached to the handle of the axe.  Should the handle of the axe slip out of the socket the axe head would still be attached to the handle by the cord, preventing it from being lost.

This axe head dates from the early Iron Age when iron was becoming the primary metal used to make tools.  The fact this axe is made of bronze shows the knowledge of making iron tools was not universal.



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