X-ray scans reveal more Bronze Age axeheads in pot
|A further 21 axeheads have been discovered in a late Bronze Age pot found in Jersey [Credit: © Jersey Heritage]|
Air pockets between the axes suggest that soil may have concealed the rest of the weapons as the pot gradually decayed.
“A trial x-ray fluorescence scan was carried out by staff from Cranfield University on the first two axes,” said a statement by Olga Finch, Jersey Heritage’s Curator of Archaeology, and Neil Mahrer, the Conservator for the group.
“This shows that they contain a very high lead content – almost 55 percent.
“This throws some doubt on whether these axes were actually functional tools, as that amount of lead would not have given the axe a very sharp edge.
“Maybe, therefore, they were objects of prestige – something to own and show off.”
All the axes are believed to date from the latter part of the era. They will now be removed from the pot for further investigation.
Source: Culture24 [November13, 2012]