Our Bronze Age axe-head represents the part played by technology in providing the tools needed for everyday life. It is nearly 3 000 years old and was cast from a copper-tin alloy in a sophisticated mould which produced a hollow socket. This helped to attach it firmly to the wooden haft with which it was wielded. Two internal ridges prevented the wood from turning in the socket.
It was left behind by a Bronze age farmer in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, and found in a field in 2008 by Roy Crick, a member of Coventry Heritage Metal Detecting Club. It is displayed in the Museum, Abbey fields, Kenilworth.
Axes have been an essential tool in the march of human progress world-wide, although they have also been used as weapons.