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« on: November 07, 2008, 08:17:45 AM »


A late Bronze Age axe hoard has been discovered near Newport in south Wales. Having found two axes a member of the Cardiff Scan Club contacted Philip Macdonald (the pilot scheme co-ordinator in Wales) who excavated a further seven axes with the assistance of the finder and colleagues from the National Museums & Galleries of Wales. The axes had been buried in a small pit and, were all socketed and date to c. 950-750BC. One of the most exciting aspects of the find is that it contained a wide range and diversity of different axe shapes: none of the axes are similar and would have been cast in different moulds. It is likely that the axes were used for carpentry and woodland management. Why the axes were deliberately buried in a pit is uncertain: they may have been intended as scrap or buried as a prehistoric votive offering. The finder said "I have only been detecting for 13 months and to find something like this after such a short time is absolutely staggering. I'm glad that, with the landowner's permission, I was able to contact Philip Macdonald and the National Museum. With detectorists and archaeologists working together we can unravel more secrets of our past."
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« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2008, 08:45:28 AM »

ohh yes, that was a few years ago,
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