Bronze Age Axe Heads May Be 'Gift to the Gods' FIND IS DECLARED TREASURE
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BRONZE Age artefacts, which include 11 axes and a ring wrapped in gold foil, found by metal detectorists on farmland were yesterday declared treasure.
A late Bronze Age hoard of axes, thought to have been buried about 3,000 years ago, and a Middle to Late Bronze Age penannular ring, buried between 1,300 BC and 800BC, was found in the Vale of Glamorgan.
Adam Gwilt, curator of the Bronze Age collections at the National Museum of Wales, said the discoveries gave a unique insight into South Wales' diverse and complex Bronze Age history.
He said: "The people who owned these artefacts would have come from small communities but with links across Europe. They would have been farmers, but they would also have known how to work with metal."
"Discoveries like these can only enhance our understanding of that period."
Alan Beale happened upon the axes on a sweltering day in April last year while he was metal detecting in Colwinston.
The 59 year old, from Craig Cefn Parc, near Swansea, who has been metal detecting for almost 20 years, said it was the first time he had ever found something of such significance.
"It was such a hot day and I thought, 'I can't take much more of this'," he said. "By sheer chance, I found them as I was making my way back."
At first Mr Beale thought there was just one axe buried in the ground. But upon further inspection, he found 11 pieces carefully buried together in a specially dug pit, made up of seven complete bronze socketed axes, fragments of three further axes and one near complete late palstave. "I just couldn't believe it," he said. "I've never seen anything like it."
An archaeological investigation confirmed the pit appeared to be some distance away from any Bronze Age settlement. …