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Bronze Age socketed and looped axe head

Shown here is a Bronze Age socketed and looped axe head. The finder asked to remain anonymous but wanted confirmation of his ID and dating on this find.

The socketed and looped type was the last stage in the development of axe heads during the Bronze Age. They were first made circa 1200 BC and remained the dominant type until the 8th century BC, when iron started to replace bronze.

This example, at 100mm overall, is quite small. The surfaces look to be a bit rough but this axe head is otherwise intact and in good condition. Like many other things, they are not as rare as they used to be due to the number of examples found by detectorists.

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