Early Bronze Age axe, Addingham, W. Yorks

Addingham axe

Found in August 2009 in near perfect condition by local metal detectorist, David Harrison, in a field alongside the A65 just N of Addingham near Ilkley, and reported by the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS), is this fine example of a narrow butted flat Early Bronze Age axe. Made of copper alloy, it has straight sides, a rounded butt with a slight stop ridge about 60mm from the butt end and a flared cutting edge with concave shoulders. It is 136mm long, 66mm wide, 12mm thick and weighs 268.6g. One side of the cutting edge appears to be more worn than the other with one end of the blade more rounded. It probably dates from 2100-1800 BC. This example does not appear to be decorated but the stop ridge indicates that it is not one of the earliest types. However, axes from the Early Bronze Age are not particularly common finds: there are less than a thousand known examples.

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