Bronze age axe head

Contributed by Dai Lampard

Found in pristine condition during a rock climbing trip on obscure cliffs above the A5 on Pen yr ole Wen. A very unusual location as the ground was extremely steep and nowhere near any footpaths. This axe would have been a very valuable commodity. As yet I have failed to come up with any logical explanation as to why it should have been where I found it, except perhaps its owner had been killed by wild animals ?? I and the Archeological trust think it has never been used and so it may well have been carried for trade.

When I first saw the object I thought it was a copper part of a plane crash. I descended down the slope for a while but something prompted me to go back and have a look. As soon as I turned over the stone covering it I knew what it was and thought I'd made my fortune. Unfortunately this did not turn out to be the case, but it is incredible to think this object is 3500 years old and as good as new. What it makes me think of most is that the people of that age were probably just as intelligent and adept at things as we are today and their communication skills were probably not that different either.

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Probably at Gerlan

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Bronze age

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