Dating bronze age axe heads
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This is underscored by findings of particular isotopic signatures and the particular make-up of the alloys, which allowed the team to track their origins.
Artifacts from between 2000–1700 BC are mainly made from high-impurity copper (fahlore type copper), except those imported from the British isles.
Mr Peirce, 60, will have to split any proceeds with landowner Alfie O'Connell. Mr Peirce said: "We are extremely thrilled and excited because this was a once-in-a-lifetime find.
It's like winning the lottery - you don't think it is going to happen to you."If you speak to other detectorists, they will find a nice coin or something in 20 or 30 years of treasure hunting."You do it as a hobby - you don't do it for the money but if you strike it lucky then so be it." Mr Peirce stumbled upon the field after taking a group of schoolchildren for a day out at the farm near Swanage, Dorset.
It is very exciting."The axe heads are four inches long and two inches wide and are currently being assessed by the British Museum, which may buy them.