MERSEY JOY OVER BRONZE AGE AXE FIND; Relic among Only 1,000 Seen in UK

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MERSEY JOY OVER BRONZE AGE AXE FIND; Relic among Only 1,000 Seen in UK


Byline: SEAN BRADBURY

A METAL detector enthusiast unearthed a rare Bronze Age axe head blade.

Fifty-two-year-old historian Steve Hickling, from Huyton, was hunting for treasure in the grounds of Fir Tree Farm Shop and Cafe, near Rainford, earlier this year when he uncovered the axe head.

He told the ECHO: "It is as rare as hen's teeth.

"It is something you do not find every day and I have only been in the hobby for 12 months."

The history of the axe head, said to be one of only 1,000 known to experts, was recently verified by the Museum of Liverpool's finds liaison officer Vanessa Oakden.

She said: "It is a copper alloy flat axe from the early to middle Bronze Age, dated from 1850-1750BC.

"Currently it is the only Bronze Age flat axe which has been recorded with the Portable Antiquities Scheme from Merseyside."

The relic is 4ins long, with the blade now rounded at the end.

Steve said his friends at South Lancashire and Cheshire Metal Detecting Club were impressed with his discovery.

He said: "Some of them have been doing it for 30 years and never found anything like this.

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