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Bronze Age Axe Head Discovery

16/12/19
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An early Bronze Age Axe Head found just 5 inches beneath the ground in a Bolesworth field has already been seen by various experts to determine whether it might be linked to the Bronze Age metal works at Beeston Castle.

This find is very timely as English Heritage volunteers are reconstructing a Bronze Age Roundhouse at Beeston Castle, based on previous archaeological finds from the site and which include evidence of metal-working.

The find is also of particular interest since volunteers are making use of authentic replica axes in their project, and they were thrilled to be able to handle an original Bronze Age Axe Head, thought to be over 4000 years old.

Regrettably, there is no way of proving that the Axe Head was actually made at Beeston, but it is most likely the Copper in the Bronze came from Alderley Edge or a mine in North Wales and the Tin would have come from Cornwall. However, it is thought that it could link to some early Bronze Age burials discovered under the crag at Beeston Castle.

Particular thanks to The Bolesworth Estate who has kindly agreed that this find can go on display in Tattenhall's 'Cabinet of Curiosities' which is housed in the Barbour Institute.