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Socketed Axe

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1933A76.2
Collection:Antiquities - Prehistory


Socketed axes like this represent the final stage of bronze age axe development.In this type of axe the handle fits inside the socket or mouth of the axe. Technologically this has two advantages. Firstly, it reduces the risk of the handle splitting during use. Secondly, this design requires much less precious bronze than the earlier solid types of axes. It was made in a two piece mould with a vertical plug suspended inside to form the socket.

Acquired from Doctor J R Ratcliffe.

Further Information

Production Period:Late Bronze Age
Place of Origin:Norwich, Norfolk, England
Place of Excavation:Mousehold, Norwich, Norfolk, England


Height:99 mm
Width:50 mm